In the past, I have dabbled with creating my own lesson plan book. Basic ones are great to start, but the longer I teach, the more I know what I want to have access to and see when I am planning. Since returning to the library, I have been struggling with creating a plan book that fits my needs as a K-12 library media specialist. This summer, I think I have done it though! Take a tour of my plan book below!
PreK-12 Library Media Specialist
If you are taking time to create your own plan book, you mine as well create a personalized cover that makes you smile when you pick it up! I used regular copy paper on top of card stock.
I took my whole plan book to Staples. They used the thick lamination on the front and back cover to make it sturdy and give it a chance of lasting throughout the year. I also had them do a spiral binding. Comb binders fall apart too easily for everyday use and a 3 ring binder is too bulky to carry around all the time.
Section 4 - Weekly Plan Pages. Because I usually see all different levels in a day, I have a time schedule at the top. Then I can write shortened details for the classes and programs at the bottom.
I used card stock as a divider between sections. I also threw in a few blank pages as a place to put post it's or tape other things I might want to have handy.
Section 2 - Blank monthly boxes where I can plan out things like special days, programs, displays, whatever :)
Section 5 - Collaboration - Planning Tools (top)
Depth of Knowledge chart and an ABC's of Learning and Demonstrating Knowledge Chart that I have been updating as I see/hear about different projects being done. These just help give inspiration when I am collaborating with a teacher
- Planning Form (bottom)
Form I developed for when I talk to teachers. It helps guide our collaboration conversation and usually prevents me from bugging the teacher later with things I forgot to ask them initially.
Section 1 - Task lists that I can check off. I also have a place to record new tasks to add to the list for next year or I can mark out the ones to get rid of.
Section 3 - Long range lesson plans for our partially fixed elementary classes.
Section 6 - Program Planning
This is similar to the collaboration planning sheet, but guides me through the steps of planning a program.