The screen is where teachers can enter lesson plans. (Not available for the Free version.)
This screen has two views: Click "Edit Lessons" to create a library of lesson plans. On the Calendar view, click the calendar to schedule lesson plans on specific dates. Lesson plans are not locked to specific dates, so a single lesson plan can be applied to several dates, or different dates for different periods. Also you can have more than one lesson plan for the same date and subject, e.g. both "Journal Writing" and "Tom Sawyer: Ch. 3" for Language Arts.
When editing lesson plans, the Unit helps organize your lesson plans into units of study, such as "Pythagorean Theorem" or "Charlotte's Web". But this is optional, so you can leave the Unit blank. The Title is the name of the lesson plan. This is the only required item, so you can leave everything else blank if you just want a simple calendar planner. Use the checkboxes to select which Subjects/Courses apply.
The Goals & Objectives is where you type a description. Or click the checkboxes to the right if you are using standards-based grading. It's not necessary to type a description if the checkboxes already cover all your objectives.
The Procedures can include as much detail as you want, such as anticipatory set, direct instruction, guided practice, plan for independent practice, closure, connections to other subjects, adaptations for learning disabilities, extensions for gifted students, etc. Assessment is how you'll measure student performance for the specified objectives. Materials is for required supplies, books, handouts, and equipment.
When you create a new lesson plan, you may optionally enter a Date range to apply it to the calendar, but this is optional. (For lesson plans that already exist, you must add those to the calendar manually.)
Click Print to print your lesson plans or calendar schedule. Even if you have no lesson plans, it still prints a blank calendar like a weekly planner, in case you want to write your plans by hand.
Click Import to copy your lesson plans from the previous year, or to copy lesson plans from another teacher in your district. Check "Let other teachers in my district copy my lesson plans" so they may import your lesson plans. When you import, you can select specific units to copy, then manually delete any lesson plans you don't want. After importing, click the calendar to schedule them on specific dates.
Note: Lesson plans are saved separately each year, so if you change a lesson plan this year, it does not affect last year. (But semesters and quarters in the same year do use the same library of lesson plans.)
The screen shows teachers how many assessments () you have for each objective each grading period, to help you ensure you're covering all the objectives. (Requires standards-based grading.) Click any objective to see the specific assignments aligned with that objective. See also the screen for a list all assignments and their corresponding objectives.
Note: The Curriculum Map does not count Lesson Plans, so it's best to enter all your assessments (tests, quizzes, etc.) in advance while planning your curriculum. You don't need to set a specific date, and you can check the "Hide" checkbox for tests and quizzes that you don't want students to see yet.
To review teachers' Lesson Plans and Curriculum Map, admins can access each teacher's gradebook from the screen.
A lesson plan doesn't appear in the menu on the calendar screen
The pop-up menu lists lesson plans only for that particular subject/course. Click "Edit Lessons" to make sure the correct subjects/courses are checked for each lesson plan.
Some lessons plans did not import
It will not import a lesson plan if you already have one with the exact same Unit, Title, and Procedures. Be sure to clean up your library of lesson plans before and after importing.
Imported lesson plans lost their standards
When importing from one year to another, the standards checkboxes import only if the standards are the same each year. If not, you'll need to manually update the checkboxes after importing.