Friday, September 16, 2011

Planbook.com

Are you tired of planning out an entire week and then you realize you forgot to include the assembly or you have a snow day?  Suddenly, all of your plans need to shift over.  You end up with so many arrows navigating your plan book is like navigating an airport.  As a resource room teacher, I often have teachers who change their plans which then forces me to change my plans.  It's beyond frustrating!

Planbook.com makes changing plans easy.  You set up your schedule, color coding your groups/subjects, and type your plans into the correct boxes.  There is a place for standards (which are already entered, you just select them from a drop down box), homework, and notes.  When you realize that you forgot about the assembly and you no longer have time for social studies, just click on that lesson and hit "Bump".  That lesson is bumped to the next time you have social studies and all future lessons are shifted as well.  You can enter in no school days and shift the entire day at once (like for a snow day).  I absolutely love this website!  Here is what my plan book looks like with no lessons filled in (I use student names in my lessons so for confidentiality I have to show blank plans): 

I set up the template for each group I see so I don't have to re-type SWBAT and Assessment every day for every group.  The customer service is amazing! I once tried to print a lesson and it didn't work so I went to go see my next group of kids.  When I got back (30 minutes later) I had an email from planbook.com saying that they saw my problem (which I didn't tell them about) and they fixed it.  I also requested that they add a section for teachers to add their own standards (for IEP goals) and they immediately put their support team on it!  

One feature I really love is how you can view your plans.  I can view my plans in a week form (shown above), a daily form (which is how I print them - the little boxes just go full screen), OR by group (or subject).  My principals often ask me what type of lessons I've been doing with Johnny or how his behavior has been etc and I can view all my lessons for his group only.  This has been very helpful with RtI, parent conferences, and the CSE referral process.  

I am not paid by planbook.com to promote their site.  I just truly think that it's a valuable tool for resource room teachers.  Check it out and let me know what you think!  

-Becky

5 comments:

Miss Ice said...

omg! For $12 a month this is amazing! Thanks!

Miss Ice said...

a year I meant!

Anonymous said...

If you preview the planbook for 30 days will you see the features you have shown on your template? Using this planbook is it more for generalized plans and schedules or do you think detailed planning can fit hee too?

Amy Hawkins said...

I just started using this site in January and I feel so much more in control of my day and love that if my principal needs them I can very easily print her a copy.

Amy Hawkins said...

I just started using this site in January and I feel so much more in control of my day and love that if my principal needs them I can very easily print her a copy.

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