Collaborative Planning made easy!


Does your grade level plan as a team? In my school, we are "highly" encouraged to collaboratively plan. At first I absolutely hated it, I usually am a "shut the door and do my own thing" kind of teacher. But I realized a few things....first of all, I wasn't sure I was covering everything that my team was and in the time frame I was supposed to. Second, it is much harder and more time consuming to do it all, ALL by myself. By working together in planning partners, we can be "experts" in our certain subject. Then we make sure we are all covering the standards.

The big problem we encountered though, was everyone was using their own personal lesson plan template. It took so much time to then copy and paste everyone's plans into our own format.

The solution came in the form of Planbook.com! We set up a grade level planbook using a gmail address. Then each planning team can enter plans for their subject. Then each person has an account for their own planbook. All we have to do then is import plans into our own planbook. Obviously each teacher tweeks the lessons to fit their own class but it saves so much time to work collaboratively!

Some tips for using planbook.com:
  • More than one teacher can work in the planbook at a time. (just hit the refresh button to see what's been entered)
  • They have great video tutorials to help you set up your planbook and learn how to import plans from another teacher.
  • They also have GREAT customer service. If you have any questions, they get right back to you to answer them.
  • It is very easy to enter your state's standards for each lesson.
  • You can upload attachments and links to videos or websites.
  •  You can easily bump a lesson if you don't have time to get to it, and copying or deleting lessons is also really easy.
Check out planbook, it will save you so much planning time! 
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  1. Been using Planbook for several years now and LOVE it! Now you can also input units. What a timesaver and pretty inexpensive too.

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    1. Oh my gosh, you reminded me that I didn't even mention that it is only $12.00 per year! Thank you for your comment :)

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  2. Planbook is a huge time saver! The best part is you can import from year to year. Plan once and continue to see ideas from last year in your current year. No retyping! This makes it much easier to change and revise lessons too!

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  3. I've been using planbook for a few years and I love it! I love attaching my files and links directly on the page. They also respond to your questions quickly. Great price too!

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    1. How do you attach files? I'm having trouble figuring that out....

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