My first stop was Pinterest, because, well I am a Pinterest addict and can happily waste a few hours there. Which I did, but I promise I was spending the whole time looking at teaching resources. HA! Well, most of the time anyway. I found a few ideas, but not exactly what I was looking for. My next stop was Twitter, where I put the question to #edtech and #edtechchat, but I didn't receive any great responses. Then I hit the forums on Edutopia, which are an AMAZING resource- Edutopia has different groups like New Teacher Connections and Literacy (and so many more) that you can join. You can post ideas or questions and collaborate with educators all over the world. It was there that someone sent me to Common Curriculum. Cue the angels singing.
So Common Curriculum is a free tool for individual teachers, but if your school chooses to purchase it, you get added functionality like the ability to share your plans and collaborate with more than one other person (you can collaborate with 1 other person in the free version). It is a brand new tool, so there are some things that aren't happening yet, like creating an alternating schedule, but those are coming soon.
|My Weekly Schedule- this is just the general schedule, you can update any deviation from this in the Daily area|
You input your subjects and your weekly schedule, and then you are ready to begin with your lessons. You can see your lessons by day, week or month, and you can do long range planning as well, and plan a whole unit and your whole year too! You can bump lessons you didn't get to till the next day, and you can add in new lessons as needed. There are SO MANY possible functions, it is impossible to be brief to give you a good overview, so I will leave it at this. Check it out, it is really incredible. It does take time to get the hang of and input your lessons, but once you have it down, it is a huge time saver. Now for a ton of pictures!
|The tabs on the top of the site, show you different views|
|Top part of the Weekly view- if you scroll down, you see all the lessons for each day.|
|Top part of the Monthly view- you scroll down and see each day of the month. I have found this view to be a bit clunky, but I may have just not played around with it enough.|
|Long Range Planner- SUCH a great tool. You input your unit, and under each unit, you plan each lesson right there. You can drag and drop to reorder. You see each subject/class as you scroll right.|
|Standards are organized by type, then grade level.|
|From the last screen shot, I clicked on Grade 2 under the Math heading, and this is what I got. Then you just click on the standards you want, and hit close in the top right corner, and they are right there in your less plan.|
|Continuation of the lesson above- you can add files and pictures, which is great to document learning and revisit for the next year. If you click on a picture, you can see the full view.|
So that is my personal opinion (the website creators have nothing to do with this post) on Common Curriculum. I love it, the teachers in my grade level love it, and I bet if you take the time to check it out, you'll love it too!