I can’t remember the first time I heard that name, but it was love-at-first-sight. Planbook met all of my needs and exceeded my expectations. The features of Planbook are seemingly endless, so instead of boring you with a laundry list of pros, I’m going to share the top five reasons I love it for the elementary music classroom (or any classroom for that matter).
If I were indicted and had to answer questions about my habits of planning lessons (it could happen), I would have to plead the fifth. Because if I’d already taught a lesson every year prior, and if I knew that lesson like the back of my hand, and if it was always successful, you can bet that I had next to nothing written about it in my planbook. So, when an administrator walked in for an unannounced observation, wanting to see a written lesson plan, I couldn’t exactly hand them a sticky note with two words written on it. “Bee, Bee” isn’t nearly as meaningful as it sounds through the eyes of an outsider. Planbook solved that problem for me because I could recycle successful lessons from the previous year with the simple click of a button. I never had to start over from scratch, and I could easily make minor adjustments every year. So if an administrator walked in to observe a tried and true lesson, I had the paperwork to back it up.
2. I can work from anywhere at anytime.
I didn’t have to worry about whether or not I’d brought home my paper planner (which I still used for many other purposes). I just needed to have a computer and internet access, and I could log in to my lessons and start planning.
3. It’s easy to reference standards.
You can input standards into your plans using a convenient drop-down menu (both state and national standards are represented).
4. I type faster than I write.
Beautiful handwriting was a gift bestowed upon my sister, who I’m convinced should turn her handwriting into a font. My handwriting is horrible, and I’ll use any excuse I can to type instead of write. Plus, I can type much faster, which means spending less time planning lessons and more time playing Zelda Skyward Sword, or some other equally immature past-time of mine.
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