The Common Curriculum Project sought to make planning more flexible. It is an extensive lesson and unit planning tool which includes templates you can customize to your liking. I implemented the core areas of VIU’s lesson planning template to test out the program for myself, and will add the rest in for use in my practicum. For other students that want to keep everything in one place, all lesson plans can be downloaded as a PDF – easy to send to your supervisor 😉
Parts of a lesson can be quickly rearranged, activities you didn’t finish can be dragged into tomorrow’s lesson, and lessons can be moved forward or back days. It’s a relatively simple tool to use to keep lesson and schedule planning all in one place. Here’s a quick preview of some of the features mentioned.
You can add and edit all classes for which you want to include lessons:
You can customize your lesson planning templates according to each lesson. I played around with this feature a little bit and designed a few templates to assign to different subject areas as seen below:
Once you’ve added your classes in, you can view your schedule in day, week or month view. Here’s a sample of a day menu:
You can expand each of these subject headings and plan and edit your lessons right on the day’s schedule. It looks like this:
The best part about this program, although designed to align to the American Common Core curriculum, is that it is completely integrated with the new BC Curriculum! Within each lesson plan, there is an option to “Search & Add Standards.” Under BC, each subject is laid out with its’ big ideas, content and competencies. You simply need to select the ones you are teaching to in your lesson. Here’s what the PE 2 one looked like when putting in my Balance lesson:
There are even more features that I have not covered here, but most are available to premium members. If schools wanted to implement the program, they can set up servers containing the virtual classes for every teacher, allowing teachers to collaborate within the program and borrow lesson plans from each other.
I would consider this program relatively user-friendly, though it does take a bit to get used to. The best part is each feature has a built-in help video as seen in most of the screenshots above. To sign up for an account or to learn more about the program, you can visit their website at www.commoncurriculum.com.