Organizing Classroom Lesson Plans

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One day this past school year, I accidentally deleted the wrong folder on my work computer. The folder containing ALL of my classroom lesson plans {eek!}. Normally, that wouldn’t be an issue because I would just retrieve it from the recycling bin; however, apparently the computer I was using at work had a default setting where everything that is deleted is gone. Just gone. As in forever. No recycling bin…no recovering lost files…nothing. I went through the 5 stages of grief pretty quickly. At first I couldn’t believe that I had deleted every single one of my classroom lessons, then I was incredibly angry I couldn’t recover the files. I bargained with God to help me find a way to get them back, and I literally sat at my desk for 15 minutes feeling depressed and hopeless. So, what got me to acceptance? The memory that I had backups! I remembered that I had many of those lessons on a flash drive {but unfortunately I hadn’t backed that up in a while}, and all of them were included in my lesson plan book!

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Even though it meant re-typing many of my lesson plans, this book saved me that day. It includes every lesson plan and handout I use by grade level, and I also put my small group curriculums in the back.

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The lesson plan format I use is pretty simple, including goals, objectives, materials, procedure, and ASCA standards met. You can get my lesson plan layout for FREE in my TPT store.


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Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 9.59.31 AMOnce I’ve compiled my lessons, handouts, section dividers, and small group curriculums, I take the entire pile to Office Depot, and they bind it together for about $4.

Not only is this method of organizing my lesson plans a space saver and money saver {binders big enough to hold all of that are bulky and can be expensive!}, but it certainly helped my sanity on the dreadful day I accidentally deleted my lessons. Here are the morals of the story, friends: (1) Always have a back up, (2) Keep hard copies in addition to electronic copies of your lessons {just in case}, (3) Find a system that works for you {for me, binding everything into a book works best}, (4) If you need help writing out your lesson plans, head over to my TPT store for your FREEBIE!

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