Saturday, August 29, 2015

Team Planning: Google Calendar

Our first draft team calendar looks like this.
For years, I've used a Google table for the weekly plan. I'd craft a table; add in all the details, and share with the learning/teaching team. Each week, I'd copy the table and make changes to reflect the new week's teaching/learning plans. Typically I'd share the chart about a week in advance so specialists and others could make modifications and connect with regard to specific student's needs and preparation.

This year as I started to do the same, it occurred to me that a Google calendar would serve our shared teaching/learning model better. Since we're working with many teachers, we can have one Google calendar planning template similar (but more complicated) than the example above. Teachers can add specific plans to the top of the calendar to alert each other about specific curriculum foci for the week. Also, we can use the template to review the week's plans and needs from week-to-week when we meet.

This calendar can also be shared with family members so they know what their child's day consists of. This will also help family members when they have to plan a dentist or doctor appointment so that they don't miss a part of the day's curriculum that matters most to their child.

Do you use Google calendar as a planning document? If not, you may want to try this since it's a vehicle that's easily shared, updated, and used on multiple platforms. Let me know if you have any ideas to add to this?