As an unorganized person, this is what has helped me the most in terms
of creating and organizing lesson plans and curriculum. Create a lesson
plan format you like, using any type of word processing or desktop
publishing software, and save it as stationery or a template. That way,
anytime you go to open it, it gives you the form as an untitled document
- you type in your lesson, save it with the name you want, and put it in
a folder for the specific course. I've ended up putting each of my high
school courses on a separte disk, which I keep in a portable file, as
well as a back-up copy on the hard drive of my computer. I keep all
lesson plans, curriculum units, teaching notes, hand-outs, exams, etc.
in these files. I used to take the portable file from home to school and
so forth for several years - now I email lessons back and forth. I'm
also switching to saving my back-up copy on Zip disks (100MB), with a
portable Zipdrive. I've basically done the same thing with a format for
curriculum units and complete curriculums. For these I use a desktop
publishing application, like Adobe PageMaker, because I like to set the
form up in several columns, with blanks for filling in objectives, etc.
So anytime I'm inspired to create something, I can just click open the
template and begin filling it in. I really doubt that there is a
comercial product avialable that would serve this purpose because we all
are too particular in terms of formats and organization and I personally
don't like being told how to do it!
-- Sandra Hildreth C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies) http://www.northnet.org/mwcsart/mwart.htm Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660 Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617