Using a Text File as a Digital Notepad

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).

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Using Evernote for Lesson Planning

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.

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Keeping a “Beginning of the Year” Inventory

As the summer winds down, I use a “Beginning of the Year” inventory to make sure that I am ready for the upcoming school year. My inventory includes three categories: supplies, documents, and to-do’s. The supplies are the physical items I should have in my classroom. The documents are mostly computerized, and include my yearly plan, unit plans, lesson plans, curriculum letter, and so on. The “to-do” list includes all of the things I need to have completed before the first day of school, including calendaring school meetings and events, putting my student rosters into an excel spreadsheet for tracking their progress (I will write about this at some point in the future), creating seating charts, and more.

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