Usually I share my monthly set up – but this month I’m not changing much, so I figured I’d finally show you how I’m using the bullet journal system in connection with other systems to teach. If you know me you know I’m an educator which means I finally got bullet journal stuff together for the fall semester! I’ve talked about some different layouts I use in my teaching and administrative role here, but here’s how I’m using my system specifically for fall. I show a few photos but it will make the most sense in the video!
For context, I teach one University-level course of 30 and fewer students. This will make the most difference as you listen through the video; adjust what you need to in order to make it work best for your situation.
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MY NOTEBOOK SYSTEM. This is essentially my planner squad for teaching (and my work in general). From the front to back, I have my dotted Leuchtturm for work notes in general (including my teaching planning pages), my Foxy Notebook for my everything bullet journal, and my Levenger circa disc-bound binder for my class.
COVER. For fun, and as a grounding thought, I added this quote from one of our readings – my favorite one – to remind me what I’m doing this for. (Handlettered with a Pentel Sign Brush Pen).
VISUAL CALENDAR. In Syllabi, the course calendar is typically on a line by line basis, which isn’t the way my visual brain sees time. Since I create a visual calendar for my own planning purposes to begin with, I create this for the students as well. There are a lot of (potentially) moving deadlines in the class, and a lot of stuff we try to do in class that I want to reduce the amount of technical confusion. This also allows me to keep them accountable to the resources I’ve provided. I created this in Google Slides with a color block and tables.
LESSON PLANS. I teach twice a week, and keep my lesson plans in Google Drive for ease of sharing and updating. The class I teach can be really fluid, which means that I’m almost always adapting each day’s plan for what happened the class prior – hence the digital format. This is the structure, inspired by a friend of mine, that I use for all my lessons. I talk about each section on the video, but I invite you to modify it for whatever categories you need!
NOTES. This is the newest section of my teaching notebook, which is going to be a mini bullet journal system for notes and references. I used to scribble in the margins of my lesson plans but it got lost and was never enough room. In this section I’ll likely have these collections:
READINGS. Now that I’m not a student, I’ve figured out a great way to take notes on readings (LOL). I use these long sticky notes as my key overview. As I read, I take notes in the margins and highlight the article as usual. When I decide that something is a critical point, a question, a quote, I add it to the long note. In the circles I add the page number for reference, and color it in red, green, or yellow. Red means it’s a point I don’t understand, yellow is that I need some more discussion but I kind of understand, and green is YES, this resonates with me and is something I want to talk more about.
Having these stickies has been extremely helpful in preparation, because I don’t have to skim through the whole document.
So that’s what I’m using this fall. Want more ideas? Check out 16 layouts I have for educators. Is there one you’re using that might help me? I’d love to hear down below!