Creating Lesson Plans

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2016 03:48PM EDT
A few notes about lesson plans:

Lesson plans serve as a way for teachers to schedule and enter future activities for a particular classroom. Tadpoles takes the lesson plans you create and copies them directly onto the daily reports of the children in that classroom on the day that they're scheduled to occur. So, if you write a lesson plan for next Tuesday, when you come into the classroom on that day, the activities you've created are already waiting for you on your children's daily reports.This feature saves you from having to re-write the activities onto a parent communication daily sheet! Any edits to plans can be made on the daily report that day, should you need to reschedule an activity. (Children and life are often unpredictable!)

Teachers can create lesson plans in two ways, on the app or the website. Regardless of how you choose to enter them, your data will be available in each location. (Plans entered on the device can be viewed/edited on the computer, and vice versa).



Lesson planning on the app:

1. To create lesson plans from a device, go to the daily report screen & touch the icon with your classroom name in it, right above the children's faces. In the right hand corner of the screen, the word lessons will appear in blue.  



2. Touching the blue lessons button will bring you to a calendar. Here, you should select the day for which you are planning a lesson; the day will turn orange. Once you select a day, choose, "Activity" at the bottom.



3. This will open up a lesson planning sheet. You will notice that there are 5 sections; subjects, description, curricular notes, materials and options.  If an administrator should need to edit those subject areas, they can click here for directions! 

Subjects: Select the domain area that your lesson plan fits under. If an administrator should need to edit those subject areas, they can click here for directions! 

Description: This is where you'll write the bulk of your lesson plan. You'll want to write this section in the past tense. Why? Entering lesson plans in the past tense to ensures clarity for parents. To save you time, anything you write in the description section of the lesson planning sheet, gets copied directly to children's daily reports on the day of the activity. This summary of the day's events (including activities, naps, meals, diapers, etc) will go home to parents by email when you check their child out at the end of the day. Since parents will be reading this information once the day is over, you'll want the activities listed on the daily report to reflect that with phrasing like, "We made, we read, we explored, we created," etc. 

Curricular Notes: This is where you'll enter the goals you're working toward with this lesson. Parents won't see the goals you type yourself.

Children: If this plan is just for a small group of children, you can select which children should receive this activity on their daily report. If you don't select any individual children, we'll apply it to any child checked in on the day of the activity. 

Materials: A space to note any items you may need to complete the project.

Options: These buttons are here to save you from typing! You can quickly tap on the items which describe the activity you're planning. For example, maybe you're planning an AM Circle time activity that's theme related. Just tap away! 

Notice that in the lesson plans below, the activity is described in the past tense.

  

4. Once you have filled out all of the sections, click done on the bottom. (If your keyboard is propped up, click the little keyboard icon in the bottom right!) This will bring you back to the calendar where you may continue to add activities for the same day or select a new day to plan for.


And you're done!  When you turn on your device each day, the plans that you have entered for that day will appear as a part of each child's daily report. You can always open up the plans to edit them on a class/individual basis to denote any changes to the activity. On the daily report, parents will see the domain area & the activity - the rest of the sections are just for you. :)

Getting set up for lesson planning on a computer:  

To create lesson plans on a computer, your director will need to have entered an email for you on their dashboard, giving you access to the website. If they've done this, you would have received a welcome email from Tadpoles, asking you to set up a password. 

Sound familiar? Great! Skip down to, "Lesson planning on a computer."

Doesn't sound familiar? That's okay! Click here for directions! 




Lesson planning on a computer:

Go to tadpoles.com and select the gold, "Log in" button on the top right corner. Choose the provider side.

Select the lesson plans tab up top, then choose a day to plan for on the calendar. The day you choose will be outlined in orange.



On the right side, within the lesson plan, you'll notice that you have the ability to add or edit any notes, meals or activities. Click on, "Add activity" to create a lesson plan.

This will open up a lesson planning sheet. You will notice that there are 5 sections; subjects, description, curricular notes, materials and options. 

Subjects: Select the domain area that your lesson plan fits under. If an administrator should need to edit those subject areas, they can click here for directions! 

Description: This is where you'll write the bulk of your lesson plan. You'll want to write this section in the past tense. Why? Entering lesson plans in the past tense to ensures clarity for parents. To save you time, anything you write in the description section of the lesson planning sheet, gets copied directly to children's daily reports on the day of the activity. This summary of the day's events (including activities, naps, meals, diapers, etc) will go home to parents by email when you check their child out at the end of the day. Since parents will be reading this information once the day is over, you'll want the activities listed on the daily report to reflect that with phrasing like, "We made, we read, we explored, we created," etc. 

Curricular Notes: This is where you'll enter the goals you're working toward with this lesson. Parents won't see the goals you type yourself.

Children: If this plan is just for a small group of children, you can select which children should receive this activity on their daily report. If you don't select any individual children, we'll apply it to any child checked in on the day of the activity. 

Materials: A space to note any items you may need to complete the project.

Options: These buttons are here to save you from typing! You can quickly tap on the items which describe the activity you're planning. For example, maybe you're planning an AM Circle time activity that's theme related. Just tap away! 

In the example below, the oobleck activity is described in the past tense.



Once you've finished inputting your data, click save. This will bring you back to the calendar where you may continue to add activities for the same day or select a new day to plan for. When you turn on your device each day, the plans that you have entered for that day will appear as a part of each child's daily report. You can always open up the plans on the web or the device to edit them on a class/individual basis to denote any changes to the activity. On the daily report, parents will see the domain area & the activity - the rest of the sections are just for you. :)


Reminders & helpful hints:
 
  • Only the description of the activity and the subject area goes home to parents. Materials and options are just for teachers and administrators to use.
  • Parents receive daily reports via email. All of this information about the activities that took place and other details goes home at the end of the school day, after you check their child out.
  • The, "Week" button on the lesson planning calendar on both the app & website is more than just a title! Select the week button & anything you enter as a note/activity/meal will appear on daily reports each day of that particular week. For example, if you added the theme under notes it would show up on the reports each day and you would only have to type it once.
  • Enter lesson plans in the past tense to ensure clarity for parents. Anything you write in the description/notes section of the lesson planning sheet, gets copied directly to children's daily reports. Since parents will be reading this information at the end of the day, when the activities are over, you'll want the daily report to reflect that with phrasing like, "We made, we read, we explored, we created," etc. 

Edits:

All lessons can be seen in advance and changed by the teacher or the director on the web or the device.

Administrators, here's a description of how you would go about viewing & editing teachers' lesson plans.
http://help.tadpoles.com/customer/portal/articles/1251407-getting-started-with-lesson-plans---


Reusing Lessons:

The lesson plans are stored indefinitely for future use. Teachers and directors can always look back and see activities that have already happened! For more information on copying lessons, click the link below!
http://help.tadpoles.com/customer/portal/articles/2613285-copying-lesson-plans​ 



If you have any further questions, feel free to contact our support team anytime at hello@tadpoles.com!
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