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Three Benefits of Using Notion for Teachers and Five Things To Try
Notion* is a popular all-in-one workspace that has gained a lot of popularity among teachers. I’ve used Notion over this past year to help me write my weekly newsletter and just recently started to use it to improve my school organization. Here are a few benefits of using Notion that teachers will appreciate right away.
1. Organizing Lesson Plans
As a teacher, keeping track of lesson plans is a daunting task. Notion makes it easy to organize and plan lessons with customizable templates. Teachers can create a database with all their lesson plans, with each lesson plan having its own page. This makes it easy to keep track of what has been taught and what needs to be taught in the future. Tagging items also really helps with organization.
2. Collaborating with Other Teachers
Notion* allows teachers to share and collaborate on lesson plans and other resources with other teachers. This can be especially helpful for new teachers who may not have a lot of experience in lesson planning. With Notion, they can get ideas and feedback from other experienced teachers, improving the quality of their lesson plans. It’s like Google Drive but with more advanced database features.
3. Managing Student Data
Notion can also be used to manage student data, such as attendance records or grades. Teachers can create a database with all of their students' information, making it easier to keep track of attendance and grades. Once you have the students in a database you can organize is many different ways. I recently used my student database to make lab groups for an upcoming investigation.
By utilizing Notion*, teachers can save time and focus on what really matters - teaching their students effectively.
5 Things Teachers Should Try Using Notion
- Organizing lesson plans with customizable templates. I’m just starting to explore the different templates that are available. I can also see the benefits of making your own templates to reuse.
- Collaborating with other teachers on lesson plans and resources. I also think sharing databases between teaching teams can be powerful.
- Managing student data, such as attendance records or grades.
- Creating a to-do list for daily tasks. This is where I am spending most of my time right now. I've been experimenting with creating different types of lists to see which works best for me.
- Keeping track of professional development goals and progress. This has worked well in my personal life. One idea I'd like to try is to create a dashboard that holds personal data and another just for school.