In graduate school, I remember when I was first assigned my student teaching placements. I was filled with excitement and eager to begin working closely with children after months of academic studies. But rather than really enjoying the time teaching and observing I found I was completely overwhelmed with the sheer amount of planning and organization an Art Educator must have.
With two teaching placements for a duration of 6-8 weeks each I had to find a way to keep everything well adjusted. I struggled to: keep the constantly changing schedule and rotation from school to school straight (amongst my graduate courses and work), accurately record and monitor current lesson plans and what was accomplished from class to class, remember the names of hundreds of students, and more.
Each professor and teacher I observed had their own successful ways to manage all this data, but I needed to find a method that was time saving, intuitive, flexible, and effective for me. After countless hours of research and testing I had found the most amazing teaching tool that actually works- Planboard!
Planboard has literally saved me so much time and sanity. Here are some of its benefits as listed on their website:
Planboard helps you easily plan and view your academic year. It's quick and easy to add items for each class. Need a synopsis on weekly schedules? Just hit the week button. Have a lot on your plate? An overview of your day is just a click away.
Ensure your students have the knowledge they need to be successful by integrating and tracking standards. Choose from a selection of Common Core State Standards, Ontario Curriculums, TEKS or create your own custom standards.
Collaborate between teachers worldwide to create the best lesson plan for a particular subject. You can also easily find public lesson plans by searching for keywords or the exact standard codes that they need to meet.
Align your schedule.
Planboard easily aligns with your school and classroom schedule. You can select the number of periods and which days of the week you will be teaching. Planboard also supports day rotation, from A/B days to alternating weeks or anything up to an 8 day rotation.
Manage your expectations.
Planboard helps you ensure your students have the knowledge they need to be successful by allowing you to integrate and track standards. Choose from a selection of Common Core State Standards, Ontario Curriculums, TEKS, more official standards or create your own custom standards.
Automate your planning.
Planboard helps you save even more time by removing repetition from your lesson planning process. Do your lessons follow the same layout? Create a template that follows your day rotation. Using the same lessons from year to year? Planboard can automatically replace your plans from the previous year.
Did a student miss a class? Do you have a substitute teacher? Share your schedule with them to enable them to see what they missed or what they need to do.
Designate holidays and PD days as off-days in Planboard. Classes cancelled? With Smart Schedule, you can easily shift your schedule with all plans remaining in the right order.
With Planboard, it is easy to attach all of your notes, handouts, photos, and files directly to your lesson plans. Attach it at home, access it anywhere.
Edit With Ease.
Use our intuitive editor so that you can easily format and style your plans to make the important points stand out. Easily embed YouTube and other multimedia contents.
I love that I can access Planboard from the application on my ipad or via the website on my laptop or any computer! Simply, by dedicating a few minutes after each class period or the end of the day to log in feedback about each class- I can revaluate and it assists me in better planning future lessons and connecting with my students by better remembering. If you are in need of a positive planning change, implement the tools that Planboard gives you today. You will not regret it!