The Classroom Card on the <Student Cards> page contains robust functionality in one convenient location, designed to make it easy to manage your planned lessons, recorded lessons, and lesson ideas. This is also a great location in which to “Browse Curriculum”, as the curriculum has been pre-filtered for the classroom (based on cycle years assigned to the classroom) and contains the ability to plan, record, edit lesson ideas, and consume real-time student data.
There are 5 sub-navigation buttons, outlined below:
Planned Lessons are exactly what they sound like - lessons that you have planned for a future date. In contrast, an "unplanned" lesson is a lesson given spontaneously and recorded in real-time via the Grid or the Lessons page. Planning a lesson is only necessary when planning for a future date. This step can be skipped when documenting student activity in real-time or when back-dating records.
A planned lesson may be for a single student or multiple students. It's important to note that a planned lesson is NOT a recorded lesson. No record keeping takes place until the planned lesson has been recorded. As is common in a Montessori environment, you will not always get a chance to present every lesson you may have planned for that day. In this case, the planned lesson will continue to display on your planned lessons list until you record or delete it. You can easily reschedule or edit a planned lesson. Or you can simply let it sit on the list and serve as a reminder for you to present the lesson in the future. To view planned lessons for a range of dates, simply adjust the dates or click the shortcut links "This Week" or "All Time." The default view is always Today's Date.
You can view planned lessons on the web or print to PDF. Locate exactly what you are looking for by filtering by student name or category name. If there are multiple teachers in the classroom, perhaps one specializes in a certain subject. She/he could filter by that specialty (ex. Mathematics) and only view planned lessons relevant to what they will be presenting today.
Recorded Lessons are either planned or unplanned lessons that have been recorded and become part of a student's profile. All planned lessons that are recorded are automatically removed from the Planned Lessons page and subsequently displayed on the Recorded Lessons page. Recorded lessons can be edited at any time. So if you wish to make changes to a lesson that has already been recorded (add/remove student, add note, change assessment, etc.) you can do so at anytime. All reporting in MC is dynamic, meaning reports display what is currently in database. So if you edit a past record keeping entry, all future reports will display the new data.
The layout of the Recorded Lessons page is similar to the Planned Lessons page. You can filter by student name, category, or date. You can also view on the web or print to PDF.
Lesson Ideas are a very flexible, yet powerful tool that help with lesson planning. You will find lightbulb icons next to student names throughout the planning and record keeping processes. Click the lightbulb and it will light up. When illuminated, the lesson is added to the child's Lesson Ideas list. This serves as a to-do list of lessons you would like to do with a child in the near future. Unlike a "planned lesson", a "lesson idea" is not tied to a specific date. Instead, they are accessible in multiple areas of the application to remind you of that lesson in the future whenever the opportunity presents itself.
The Lesson Ideas page will display all lesson ideas for each child in the classroom. You can choose to filter by student name or view all Lesson Ideas for all the children in your class. You may view on the web or print to PDF. Click on the category name or click the Expand All link to see all lesson ideas at the same time. Click on the lesson and you will view a roster of all students in the classroom. You can edit lesson ideas from this view. You can also plan for the future or record the lesson in real-time. When a lesson idea has been recorded for a student, it is removed from his/her Lesson Idea list. If you want to review this lesson again and want it to stay on the Lesson Idea list, just click the lightbulb again after it has been recorded.
Lesson Ideas can also be found on the first page on the back of each Student Card, as well as on the Observations page, for quick reference while recording observations for your students.
Weekly Work Plan
The Weekly Work Plan will provide you with a 5-day calendar view of all your Planned Lessons for the week. You are able to view lessons you have planned for all your students here, or you can filter the lessons by student and/or by category of the curriculum. Clicking on a lesson name will reveal the names of the students for which that lesson is planned. You can print this Weekly Work Plan either expanded (showing the student names) or collapsed (without the names).
This is the great way to browse your curriculum when looking for new ideas to tag for your students, as it has been pre-filtered for the classroom (based on cycle years assigned to the classroom). CLICK HERE
to learn how to edit curriculum to customize it to your school's needs.
The Browse Curriculum page provides ways to plan, record, edit lesson ideas, and consume real-time student data. Search for a specific lesson name using multiple "partial" keywords. For example: searching for "sand" would yield Sandpaper Numerals, Sandpaper Letters, The Thousand Chain and Arrows, etc. Searching for "sand lang" would narrow the list down to Sandpaper Letters - excluding lessons not listed in the Language Arts category (ex. Sandpaper Numerals).
You may also click on a category name and view the entire Scope and Sequence in this category. The Browse Curriculum page provides a similar layout to the Lesson Ideas page. Click on a lesson name to view a roster with current assessments, plan for the future, record in real-time, and edit lesson ideas individually or using shortcuts.