Commoncurriculum.com (online, in the cloud, lesson planning)
I was a traveling teacher (in three different classrooms) for several years and a major point of frustration was not being able to write my student objectives or homework on all three different classroom boards throughout the day. Fortunately, I leaned on Common Curriculum.com, an online lesson planning system that actually turned out to serve several functions as follows:
1.) Kids always have access to my lesson plan, homework, and links to Google Docs I used to teach on any given day. No more, “What did I miss”? Kids literally see the exact link to my lesson plans. You can also choose not to make the plans visible to kids, or make them visible the day you teach (in case you have a few last-minute tweaks as I typically do);
2.) All the school’s testing dates, vacation dates, assemblies, etc. can be programmed into the yearly lesson plans, so you never have to try and remember any of them;
3.) Great ideas always flood us when we are out to dinner, at the beach, chilling with friends, reading the newspaper, etc. Common curriculum allows me to immediately plug in ideas into potential lessons since it’s in the cloud and I can access it on my iPad or MacBook from anywhere at any time. I have even lesson planned sitting in an airport in another country! Paper lesson plan books don’t allow for that (because why would we bring them on a trip?);
4.) I trained a few peers at my high school and not one person found this site to be overwhelming. Its easy interface and quick response time from those who run the site make it a great teaching organizational tool AND a great way to have lesson plans ready for kids who are even sitting home ill; and
5.) Common Core Standards are easily added from the bank of standards this site supplies. No need to go searching for them.
This surely substitutes the paper/hard copy planning book. After three years of relying on this FREE site, I have not missed the old method at all.