Free Notion Lesson Planner: A Step-by-Step Tutorial
Free Notion Lesson Planner: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

Free Notion Lesson Planner: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

Free Notion Lesson Planner: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

Milo owner of Notion for Teachers
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Lesson plans.

When I started teaching years ago, this was where I struggled the most.

I enjoyed MAKING the lessons, but when it came to ORGANIZING those lessons...

I was a mess.

Now, I can plan out a whole curriculum in a matter of hours.

If you give me two minutes of your time, I'll show you how you can save hours each week planning your lessons.

Here's how you can lesson plan effectively with Notion


To start, let me show you what I use.


1. My Notion Lesson Planner

My Notion Lesson Planner


Simple right?

Two databases:

  1. Lesson units

  2. Lessons

Let's take a look at the Lesson units.

These act as folders.


2. Example of a Lesson Unit "Folder"

Example of a Lesson Unit "Folder" in notion


If you have multiple classes each week, each with different lesson material, well that's A LOT of lessons. Especially over the course of a few months.

This is where folders keep things organized.

You could make your unit folders anything you want.

They could be a general subject/topic or a folder for a single specific class.

Personally, I like making mine related to subjects:


3. My Lesson Unit Folders Example

My Lesson Unit Folders Example in notion


The true benefit for these folders is when your start using lesson templates.

What are lesson templates?

Well, Notion has a function to create "templates" or "premade pages" for individual databases. 👇


4. Lesson Template Demonstration

Lesson Template Demonstration in notion


Here's where it gets good.

You can set up custom templates for your lessons.

On top of that, you can set a DEFAULT template to your lessons inside the lessons unit.


5. "Set as Default" Template Demonstration

"Set as Default" Template Demonstration in notion


So whenever you:

  1. Open a lesson unit

  2. Create a lesson

Notion can automatically:

  1. Tag your classes

  2. Tag any useful notes

  3. Create a lesson scaffold

  4. Add custom icons / covers


6. Premade template with Classes & Notes pre-assigned

Premade template with Classes & Notes pre-assigned in notion


You name it.

This already can save you a lot of time.

But it gets better.

Use a status property with lessons.

By adding the "Status" properties:

  • Not started

  • Preparing

  • Ready

  • Archive

You can start getting really organized with your lesson planning.

Setting the status property of your lessons can tell you which lessons you have prepared material for, and which lessons are not yet ready to teach.


7. Status Property and Lessons

Status Property and Lessons in notion


Then, when you are finished teaching a lesson, you can send it to the Archive, hidden from view.

The archive does two things:

  1. Keeps your workspace clean

  2. Allows you to reuse lessons later


8. Lesson Archive Example

Lesson Archive Example in notion


Conclusion?

Using...

  1. a simple two database system

  2. page templates

  3. a status property

  4. a few different lesson views (calendar & table)

You can create an extremely effective lesson planning workspace.

This is the same system I use to manage 10+ classes, 100+ students, and countless lesson plans each week.


If you would like a copy of this template for free...

>> Click here to save hours on lesson planning each week <<

If you follow the link, you can download a free copy of this lesson planner.

I hope you like it!


If you have any questions about the template or any other concerns, feel free to reach out using the Contact Us Form.

I'm always happy to help fellow educators use Notion.

Happy lesson planning,

Milo



Lesson plans.

When I started teaching years ago, this was where I struggled the most.

I enjoyed MAKING the lessons, but when it came to ORGANIZING those lessons...

I was a mess.

Now, I can plan out a whole curriculum in a matter of hours.

If you give me two minutes of your time, I'll show you how you can save hours each week planning your lessons.

Here's how you can lesson plan effectively with Notion


To start, let me show you what I use.


1. My Notion Lesson Planner

My Notion Lesson Planner


Simple right?

Two databases:

  1. Lesson units

  2. Lessons

Let's take a look at the Lesson units.

These act as folders.


2. Example of a Lesson Unit "Folder"

Example of a Lesson Unit "Folder" in notion


If you have multiple classes each week, each with different lesson material, well that's A LOT of lessons. Especially over the course of a few months.

This is where folders keep things organized.

You could make your unit folders anything you want.

They could be a general subject/topic or a folder for a single specific class.

Personally, I like making mine related to subjects:


3. My Lesson Unit Folders Example

My Lesson Unit Folders Example in notion


The true benefit for these folders is when your start using lesson templates.

What are lesson templates?

Well, Notion has a function to create "templates" or "premade pages" for individual databases. 👇


4. Lesson Template Demonstration

Lesson Template Demonstration in notion


Here's where it gets good.

You can set up custom templates for your lessons.

On top of that, you can set a DEFAULT template to your lessons inside the lessons unit.


5. "Set as Default" Template Demonstration

"Set as Default" Template Demonstration in notion


So whenever you:

  1. Open a lesson unit

  2. Create a lesson

Notion can automatically:

  1. Tag your classes

  2. Tag any useful notes

  3. Create a lesson scaffold

  4. Add custom icons / covers


6. Premade template with Classes & Notes pre-assigned

Premade template with Classes & Notes pre-assigned in notion


You name it.

This already can save you a lot of time.

But it gets better.

Use a status property with lessons.

By adding the "Status" properties:

  • Not started

  • Preparing

  • Ready

  • Archive

You can start getting really organized with your lesson planning.

Setting the status property of your lessons can tell you which lessons you have prepared material for, and which lessons are not yet ready to teach.


7. Status Property and Lessons

Status Property and Lessons in notion


Then, when you are finished teaching a lesson, you can send it to the Archive, hidden from view.

The archive does two things:

  1. Keeps your workspace clean

  2. Allows you to reuse lessons later


8. Lesson Archive Example

Lesson Archive Example in notion


Conclusion?

Using...

  1. a simple two database system

  2. page templates

  3. a status property

  4. a few different lesson views (calendar & table)

You can create an extremely effective lesson planning workspace.

This is the same system I use to manage 10+ classes, 100+ students, and countless lesson plans each week.


If you would like a copy of this template for free...

>> Click here to save hours on lesson planning each week <<

If you follow the link, you can download a free copy of this lesson planner.

I hope you like it!


If you have any questions about the template or any other concerns, feel free to reach out using the Contact Us Form.

I'm always happy to help fellow educators use Notion.

Happy lesson planning,

Milo


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