Monday, August 19, 2013

#Made4Math - Teacher Lesson Plan Book

Here is my best #Made4Math post ever! (I spent many hours on this.)


Just this summer I have become a teacher who can create the things she needs.  And I am finally here to share about my lesson plan book that I created!  Following the advice of master creators @druinok and @algebrainiac1, I started in powerpoint.

Here is the cover:

Isn't it SOOO beautiful?!?!  Then I put in some important docs behind the cover:  my schedule, the school's schedules, district calendar, a sheet protector for me to put class rosters into, and the phone extension list.

My font is Socially Awkward from
My background is from ColourLovers, following the directions from @mathtastrophe posted here.

I have three sections, the first is a calendar and lesson plans.  I actually pretty much copied the calendar from what @druinok shared here, but wanted a different set up for lesson plans, so made my own.

Following each month are weekly lesson plans.  One 2-page spread for each Monday of the month.

The "other" is where I will likely put in attendance.  I had a place I did that last year, and I didn't want to lose it, and I think it will work well there.

I also used white and purple paper, switching every other by month.  I thought it would be easier to identify where I was that way.  And it makes it beautiful.  (I have a ton of purple paper anyway...)
So here's September in purple :)

Next I have my curriculum... I have had many posts about that, so I think I'll skip ahead to Meeting Notes!

I modified my meeting notes pages depending on the meeting type.  Here are a couple examples:  we have faculty meetings once a week, and they are usually about a 1/2 hour.  I thought 4/page was okay and allowed me one page/month.  Easy to know all weeks are accounted for (ignoring the fact that some months might have 5 Tuesdays).  

Our Tiered Algebra Meetings are once/month for the entire day, so I knew I needed more space.  But we also meet as a school once/month, so I made it two/page, with the back blank for a workspace if needed. Still easy to make sure the whole year was covered.

I have more meetings, so there are more pages, but I didn't want to bore you with them all, so check the links at the bottom if you want.

When I had all my beauties printed off, I headed to Office Max.  I had my cover and the section covers laminated, then they added the back and bound it with a spiral.  I am thrilled with the outcome.  (It cost about $1 for each lamination and $5 for the binding.) And the Office Max worker was wonderful.  It was fast and he knew what I wanted and didn't make me feel crazy!  Then when I went to pay, the girl at the till was asking me about it because she's a pre-service teacher.  It was awesome to be able to share it with her!

And now that school is here, I have been using it and I love it.  I'm so proud taking it to meetings :)

Here are the files if you are interested.  It is at least a starting place if you want your own!  You should be able to download the originals documents from these links.
Calendar/Lesson Plans
Meeting Notes


1 comment:

  1. I am SUPER late to the game because some terrible oversight on my part didn't have your blog in my feedly. I am truly sorry for that.

    I NEED one of these books in the worst way!! You should make a million of them and sell them. I would buy one in a heartbeat.

    For serious.