This post breaks down how I used a Trello Gold membership (less than $60 a year) to make a flexible digital lesson planner. I use Trello boards for project management for theatre productions as well as a number of other personal projects, so I find a Gold membership to have value beyond replacing the price of a snazzy lesson planner. When I consider the fact that my colleagues spend about as much on their Erin Condren planners and can't even attach Google documents, I think it's worth the cost. The real reason I wanted to go digital was for the ability to adapt without burning a whole in a paper planner with my eraser. Surprise pep rally? I can just drag and drop my activities to another day of the week!
After upgrading your free membership to Trello Gold, which allows three Power-Ups to be used (if you want more, you can use Trello Business for $120 a year), you will need to add these three upgrades:
You've seen the meme-- there's even a Netflix series based on it. Someone attempts to create a thing they found on Pinterest and posts the disastrous results side-by-side with the caption "Nailed It!" It happened when I attempted to make those cookie cups that were going around five years ago by putting dough on the bottom of a muffin tin.
I was actually successful this time! After finding multiple pins suggesting I use foam noodles to make columns, I knew I had to give it a try. But we couldn't just do the project straight off of Pinterest. For one, most of the tutorials had us making twisted columns, and we needed straight fluting for our Greek set. Secondly, we have an 18ft proscenium to dwarf anything we put on stage. We needed to make them MUCH bigger.
We began with Sakrete tubes which, by the way, are not actually standard in size.
This winter I directed The Wizard of Oz with our show choir director. While not abandoning the traditional elements, we added a Victorian/Steampunk influence. The Tinman dressed as a nineteenth century woodsman, the Lion wore a sash instead of a medieval robe for "King of the Forest" and the Emerald City was filled with corsets, tailcoats, and top-hats.
We moved our annual musical to an earlier date so we could build set over Christmas Break (I did so with walking pneumonia, by the way) and so we would be done a month before the show choir (read: half our cast) started competition season.
One person is a contestant looking for love. Three players are their potential dates, whom they must ask questions such as "Where would we go on a night out?" or "What is your pet peeve?" to decide whom they would like to date. The catch is that the dates have all drawn a weird quirk slip from the hat and while the contestant was out of the room, shared them with the class (if you have any intentional blabber-mouths or kids with exceptionalities that might not understand why they can't shout it out, you can skip the sharing).
The dates must respond in character for their quirk, and the game ends when the contestant correctly guesses the quirks OR when you save them from themselves and end it or give hints.
I've attached a page of prompts I've used-up in my own classroom to get you started. Happy Valentine's Day!
Download the PDF HERE
I quit posting to Twitter over a year ago (too many eggs harassing women and not enough return on my time), but despite not tweeting, I still browse tweets to try and read the atmosphere during big events (Super Bowl, elections, debates, etc.) One of my favorite things to witness on Twitter is a marketing backfire-- when someone buys a trending topic or tries to start problems and then magic happens and the opposite of what they wanted becomes a trending topic. Take #thanksobama for instance: a Republican group tried to get everyone blaming President Obama for things in a trending topic, but the Twitterverse was not having it and instead turned it into a joke that President Obama even got in on himself.
It happened again today, this time to a special interest group that was trying to undermine public education.
Amy is a drama teacher with an M.Ed. in Secondary Education, ELA, teaching in the suburbs of Birmingham, AL.