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Keeping Track of Lesson Plans History

Aug 17, 2007
In the beginning, you carefully keep track of every single lesson plan and activity that you plan for your kids. You keep a calendar of what you do when, and even keep notes on what worked well and what did not. But over time, something changed. Suddenly, you find yourself running through the same lessons over and over again because you forgot what you already covered!
If this has happened to you, you are not alone. Many teachers and educators get so wrapped up in the day to day classroom activities that their lesson plans history falls to the wayside. Luckily, there are a few shortcuts to getting your records back in order quickly.

First Things, First

The key to getting your lesson plans organized is to start with the present and work your way back. Jot down notes about what you are covering today, and then focus on the rest of the week. While it may not get everything that you have taught in the past, you can stop things from getting out of hand down the line.

Using Technology

There are a wide variety of lesson plans history programs out there to help aid you in your quest for organization. Many will allow you to link past lesson plans with future ones, so that you know when to recap and when to start fresh. A simple calendar will also do the job, but will require a bit more time and research if you plan on following up on important topics and subjects.

Find a Pre-Set Lesson Plan Guide

There is also a lot of demand right now for pre-set lesson plan guides. You can find them for any grade level or educational situation- whether it is for public school, private school, homeschooling, or even tutoring lesson plans. These guides will give you 52 weeks (give or take) of lesson plans, crafts, activities, and discussion questions. All you have to do is gather the materials together and follow along in the lesson plan guide. It is almost fool-proof!

Enlist the Help of Others

If you are teaching older children, then try to enlist their help whenever possible. Let them create a calendar with highlights of the school year. They can draw pictures, take notes, or recap what they learned in their own words. Then when you come back to a topic again, let them refer to their notes on that particular subject.
About the Author
Sarah Jones loves teaching. When she isn't homeschooling her own children, she is busy sharing her love of education with others.
Find a wide assortment of Lesson Plans , crafts for kids, and homeschooling tips at her site, http://www.KnowMore.com.
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