I used to keep a yellow pad on my desk where I would scrawl notes as my teaching day wore on: “3rd period made it to page 40” or “Call Johnny’s mom about his tardiness.” If I thought of an idea for the next day’s lesson, remembered that I needed to set up a meeting with other teachers, or realized there was something I needed for the classroom, I wrote it here. At the end of the day, I would take these notes and process them by either taking action on them, recording them in Evernote, or adding the notes to my task management system (I use Omnifocus).
My school district recently entered the Google ecosystem, including switching our e-mail service to Gmail. I have been using Gmail for my personal e-mail for years, and I was very happy to hear about the switch. One of the features that I love most is Gmail’s “Archive” button, which allows me to archive e-mail instead of deleting it, clearing my inbox without getting rid of important e-mails. This one feature provides big advantages when it comes to managing e-mail.
Evernote is a great tool for daily lesson planning. Having a record of our lessons, including what went right and wrong with the lesson as well as ideas for next time, is an invaluable tool for being effective and improving as a teacher. Here is how I handle daily lesson planning using Evernote.