Class Agenda (Google Docs)

Today was my first day of the second semester, and I'm happy to report that things went well.

I use class agendas for all five of my classes. The students really like it and the agenda makes my life so much easier, in so many ways.

It looks like this:

I create the agenda on Google Docs; I just create a table with three columns and as many rows as possible. In the left-hand columns, I include the date our class meets and our classwork for the day. I hyperlink to documents we use in class (notes, classwork, and so on). In the right-hand column, I include our homework/reminders for upcoming classes. I share this document with my students via our learning software and ask them to save it to their Google Drives.

This simple document has been helpful in the following ways:

1. If a student is absent, she can look up what we did in class and complete the work. This reduces (some of) those "What did I miss?" questions. 

2. All students have an updated document with both homework and classwork assignments. This means there should be no "I didn't know about it" or "I just heard about this yesterday." This promotes student responsibility, especially in my ninth grade classes. In a group of about 100 students, I have had less than 12 homework tardies. 

3. Parents can view this document via their student's Google account (we are on a closed system, so they cannot access our Docs--I am waiting to see if I can grant permission to parents). This allows parents, if they so choose, to be involved and creates a culture of transparency.

4. For me, I have all but eliminated writing traditional lesson plans because I find this agenda to be much more effective. I can see what we did in previous classes, I can shift topics around when necessary, and I have a great document to show administrators if they have any questions.

5. At the end of the semester, I have an up-to-date record of all that we have done, in one place. I can look back at what went well, what was rushed, or what took too much time. 

6. I can update the document and its links in real time, which prevents multiple emails and frustration (for both me and the students!). 

I highly, highly recommend this strategy. My husband, a college professor, is even using it in his classes this year. If you have questions, please let me know! Today I used Padlet, and the students enjoyed creating a Poetry Padlet for our new unit. I will discuss it in an upcoming post, along with our Poetry Out Loud Google Slides introduction.

Coming up on teach journal:

1. Using a Bullet Journal index: school, home, and more. I use mine daily. 
2. Padlet and Google Slides

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