Pre-made plan books are not designed for art teachers. We have bizarre schedules, rotations, class periods and our often asked to rearrange our day to accommodate all types of school events. When I began teaching, I designed my own plan book with excel which worked for my school and our 4 day rotation. It always worked real nice for the first few weeks of the year and then came the assemblies, concerts and half days followed by arrows, highlighting and lots of rewriting and moving of plans. Classes were behind, ahead and no grade level was doing the same thing in a single rotation. It was like having 20 preps instead of 7!
The final straw...
At the end of last school year I packed my car up with boxes for things to work on over the summer. When I unpacked I noticed my plan book was soaked...my AC unit was leaking and water got all over the passenger floor. Even better, my first year of elementary plans were written in my favorite non-permanent red G2 pen...my plan book became a pile of pink paper...my whole first year of elementary...gone! ACK! So I knew I had to do something.
|The planbook that only got a bit wet...|
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|Screen Shot of this week's plan! I love color coding!|
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