I like to think of OneNote as a binder with tabs.
You can add any type on content to your notebook, text, pictures, audio, video, music, files, and embedded files. There is really no limit to what you can use to plan your lessons with OneNote.
I have gotten lots of question on how to use OneNote for lesson planning, so I put together a simple tutorial to help get you started.
Are you tired of bringing arm loads of books home every night and into the weekend and still not being prepared for the following week?
In this post, I’m going to share with you my tips and tricks to get you organized for your weeks’ worth of planning needs.
Get your planning done at school and on time, with these few simple tips and tricks.
Tip #1 Have a Yearly Plan
The most important part of the planning process is making a yearlong road map or framework of what you plan to teach for the year. When I have a plan for the year everything seems to falls into place.
Tip #2 Organize your Curriculum into Monthly Guides
Each year my yearly planning map is similar, so I have a general idea of what I do each month. I have organized all my curriculum units and ideas into monthly binders.
When we sit down for our planning meeting it makes it easy to thumb through the binder to plan the weekly plans.
Tip #3 Planning Schedule
Make the most of every minute at school by creating a planning schedule that you can stick with throughout your allotted planning time at school.
Monday – Team Planning Meeting
During our team planning meeting, we discuss-
Tuesday – Hunt and Gather
On Tuesday pull out activities and materials needed for the following week.
Wednesday – Copy and Laminate
Thursday – Plug into Plan using office 365 Onenote
Friday – Finish touches on the plans and forward to administration.
Friday is also set aside to put everything where it needs to go for Monday.
The last thing to do before leaving on Friday is to copy and hang my lesson plans on our teacher command center board.
Start taking back your weekend with these lesson planning tips and tricks.
We are on week 4 Small Group Organization of the 2017 Classroom Organization Challenge Series. Janice from Prek Partner and Kate from ECSE Fun has joined me to bring you our organizational tips and tricks.
This week’s organization challenge is focused on small group. Small group rotation is a staple in most preschool classroom, but it can be tough keeping up with all the needed supplies to pull small group off.
When planning for small group, I like to plan for a variety of skills, but that means that I need to have a lot of supplies readily available for each group to be able to pull off all activities with little or no frustration.
How we like to organize for our small groups:
We like to keep everything organized by colors. Each group has its own designated color and everything linked to that group is in that color.
Each group has their own supply of
Each small group has its own supply caddy (made out of a wine carriers) with different types of writing tools and scissors. This helps to give children choices.
Each group writing caddy has its own supply of
We have five different activities each week. Each activity basket has the needed materials for that days activity.
At the end of the day we rotate the activity to the next group.
Each week I plan five small group activities in the areas of...
Week 4 Small Group Check List
Print out the small group checklist to help you stay on top of the organization process.
I have broken it down into small steps each day to get you the result with little frustration.
Don’t forget to share your progress with us on Instagram. The challenge hashtag is #2017tptprekchallenge or you can tag us so that we can follow along and give encouragement along the way.
We will also be sharing on Facebook so join the conversation and share your progress along the way.
Don't forget to hop over to PreK Partner and Fun in ECSE to gain some more organizational ideas on how to run and set up small groups in your classroom.
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.