Allow units with lessons NOT tied to dates
I like the unit option you added. However, it was not exactly what I expected. I am hoping for a unit version where I can type a series of lesson in and then, assign a date or "plug it in" to my planbook at a later time. Also, a function to print all the lessons in my unit on one document as I often have to hand in unit plans to my administrator (Now I can only print the unit summary and the lesson titles now the actual lessons). I appreciate planbook.com SO very much! However, I find the unit function not as useful as I had hoped.
Planbook.com now offers a “Lesson Bank”! Lesson banks allow you to store away lessons and units, and then add them to your schedule when appropriate. To learn more: https://planbook.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1193191-lesson-bank
Natalie N Hamil commented
Yes! No dates assigned to Unit. Just be able to select unit for selection of classes.
I suggest having a "unit bank" where you can name a unit, save lessons to it, then when needed, click the ones you want for that year with a start date.
Be able to hide a lesson in a unit. Sometimes I might use a particular lesson in a unit one year, but maybe next year my students don't need that lesson. I want to be able to hide it from my weekly plans without deleting it completely from the unit.
Tine Willis commented
Why bother having units unless you can plan a unit of say 10 lessons, ahead of time. You should be able to copy it, and import it with a start date only.
I am new to units and have created one for a class, precisely because I need to teach the same three times this term. How tedious that I cannot copy it as a unit.
I would love to be able to plan a unit in google sheets and import this to planboook and vice versa.
I love planbook and would like to learn how to use the gradebook next.
Thank you for uploading the UK syllabus standards for me.
Heather Smith commented
I would like to document all lessons within a unit of study. However, once I begin instruction I sometimes skip a lesson within a unit based on student needs. This means that I would like to keep the lesson within the unit in Planbook but not attach a date with it as I'm choosing not to focus on that lesson this year. However when I transfer the units from one year to the next, I would like the ability to transfer all lessons created and not have the only option of attaching all lessons to a date. When I choose not to do a lesson, I have to delete the lesson because I cannot keep it within the unit not attached to a date. Please create lessons within units that are not required to a specific date.
I think it would be nice if you could create whole units and store them in a bank. In this way I could work ahead in my lessons. Then when you are ready import them into the daily lesson plans when I'm ready. Then when the next school year comes, I could look at my units edit/revise as needed and then import them into my daily plans again. Units wouldn't be attached to a date but stored in a bank for me to access and edit as needed on a daily basis as well as a yearly basis. I don't want to have to "switch school years" in order to access lessons or units.
I would like to keep all the lessons I have used for Units in the units list, but be able to remove them from the current year, this way when events occur (assemblies, days off, etc) I can adjust for them without losing a great lesson that I may use the next year.
Phillip Maas commented
As everyone is noting here, being able to draw up a unit and then click/assign dates is just logical. It's the way teachers plan their units, so that's how you want your electronic planner to work. The unit planner should also be able to show which lessons have/have not been allocated, as well as being able to assign to multiple classes - eg one science unit able to be allocated to 10a, 10b, 10c etc.
Marla Hostetler commented
Be able to move units around in the school year
Jenny M commented
I would LOVE to be able to create lessons within the unit page, and later assign them to dates on the calendar. This would allow me to program for the whole term within one page/unit, rather than have to keep clicking on different dates. My brain can think more creatively this way, when I am not also trying to think about the precise times/dates etc.
Is it possible to create Units with out assigning a class?
It would be nice to be able to create units with assessments, assignments, etc and then just be able to import to specific days without having to go into the unit and assign it to certain days. It would also be nice to have standards show up in the plans automatically. Or have plans when you link to a unit have a clickable link to the overall unit standards so they can easily be accessed.
Dave Spittal commented
Suggestion if not already there - I don't want a date range just a start date. If I start a 15 lesson Unit on a particular day then the next 15 lessons would be auto-filled by the unit plans along with all attachments. I want to save the completed unit for use again but be able to bump/extend etc WITHOUT affecting the saved Unit plan for use again next time
Units need to be able to be important each year and assigned to a class.
Baylee Kline commented
This needs to happen soon. I am trying to sell my colleagues on Planbook so we can more easily share our plans but being able to each take charge of a unit and then plug them in to our respective Planbooks would be a big seller!
I am a PE teacher and teach multiple classes that will have the same unit (i.e. I have three sections of 1st grade PE). It would be nice to set up one unit on hand dribbling and be able to apply it to all three sections of third grade. That would allow me to have the base lesson plan set and then be able to modify slightly based on individual class needs.
Kelsey Christophel commented
I know I can go back and tie a lesson to my units that already have been in my plans, but I wish I could just hit add a lesson and type up my own new one and not need to have a date with them. I have a student teacher right now and I am working on lessons for next year to put in my units but I can't just add a new lesson.
Kelsey Christophel commented
When creating a lesson, it would be great if you could click on the class, you can pick the Unit and a lesson and it would just automatically fill in the lesson and standards into that lesson. I am getting used to the units and I am seeing how they can be put into next year, but I don't want them all to automatically show up of the whole unit. My students will learn at a different pace next year and I want to be able to just do 1 day at a time.
Kathy T. commented
Have to agree with everyone else. Love Planbook in general, however finding the Unit option lacking. Love the idea of creating a unit, along with lessons - then allowing the unit to be assigned (to multiple classes) as I need. I might have one reading group who is ahead of others (I teach special education) and do a unit early on, while another might hit it later in the year. I think this would help with assigning the units from year to year too! I like creating my units ahead of time when I have a spare moment, not always right when I need them.
I agree with what everyone else is saying. The units function is a great way to stay organized, but it is crazy to individually copy each lesson to where I want it to go. The way it's set up now, it's easy to add a current lesson into the unit bank, but it doesn't work the other way around. Also, it would be nice if the plans would indicate the unit name...or at least have the option!