Summary: Schedule lesson plans by date with the V Planner’s Date System and your lesson plans will automatically appear on the weekly lesson planners. The date system is automatic and can be manipulated with the bump column.
Date System is sometimes referred to as DS.
Schedule Lesson Plans by Date with the V Planner’s Date System
The date system is one of the two lesson plan fetching systems in the V Planner. I also refer to the Date System as DS. The date system uses the dates that are in the yellow column at the s-sheets to send lesson plans to planners.
How it works is –
- By Row- each row has a date in the yellow column
- When a date is selected at a lesson planner, the formula in the lesson planner will look in the correct subject sheet for the lesson plans that are in the same row as the date.
Being that the date system uses dates to fetch lesson plans, it is a linear system. It is able to go forward in one direction. In the case of the Date System, linear is a fancy word for inflexible. You can’t go backward with the Date System, but that is what the Number System is for.
To keep the Date System from becoming an obnoxious beast, I added the Bump column. The Bump column allows you to skip forward; the bump column can make dates go away. The bump column uses simple math to allow you to schedule a lesson plan sequence. If you do not know what I mean by “lesson plan sequence”, keep reading.
Knowing How to Use Bump is Important
In order to use the Date System effectively, learn how to use the Bump column. Understanding how Bump works is easy once you realize that it is simple subtraction.
Bump and the Date System
Date System Columns are at the S-Sheets – The Bump column manages the dates for the Date System by making dates go away. Why would you want to make dates go away? Because not all classes are in session 5 days a week. In order to make a lesson planner using the Date System NOT show a lesson plan on a certain date, the date has to be missing from the date column. You see the date system robotically displays in a lesson planner all of the plans in one row next to the date. If the date isn’t there, then no plans will be displayed. That is what Bump does; it bumps out the dates.
Example – Monday, Wednesday, Friday Class – Pictured on the left is a very basic example of creating a class sequence with the bump column. Notice that the first 2 Tuesdays and first 2 Thursdays are “gone”; those dates have been bumped out by entering numbers in the bump column.
Read more about the Bump Column.
The Date System in Action
The AU planners are pretty much automatic once each subject is set at cell B3 in the s-sheets, but the other planners require that you use the controls that are on the lesson planners. Below is an image of the control and a little bit about it.
You will find these Drop-Down lists on the Lesson Planners.
Below- Lists used by Number System and Date System
The Main System Selection List in the Lesson Planners
(except AU planners)
The Main System Selection is at the top of the Block, Daily, and List lesson planners. The main system selection on the ALLBlock planner it is above each child’s planner. The main system selection is the drop-down that asks for a selection of either Date or Number. This selection will either control the entire set of lesson plans or it will only control the dates. The next selection Master/Override will determine what the main system selection controls.
Master and Override List – your selection at this drop-down list will determine whether the main system selection controls only the dates or the entire planner.
The Per-Subject System Setting List
The Date List
Use the Date List to set the date for lesson planners. This is important because the Date System fetches plans based on dates, so setting the date is always necessary unless you are using ONLY the Number System.
Date List Control
This drop-down list allows you to choose which type of list to display in the Date List. Top with the recent dates, is pictured above.
One Last Thing About the Date System
The Date System “Remembers”
Not in the way that you and I remember, but in a robotic way .. it remembers.
If you routinely use the date system, then you can pretty much reliably “look back” at past lesson plans in the planners. You can see and create a print-out of past lesson plans.
Why would this be good?
I do not know if not having a hard copy of lesson plans from months ago is ever a problem. I, personally, would not have needed to look back at lesson plans from months ago, but on the other hand, I have looked through old lesson plan books for no particular reason.
For example sake, let’s say that you want to keep your lesson plans bound in a binder, but you spilled your coffee on a couple of pages. If you were using the date system or matching dates while using the number system, then you can set a lesson planner to the correct date range and print a fresh copy.
Cell B3 at S-sheets and the AU Lesson Planner
If you find that you tend to use both systems on the same lesson planner, then consider using the AU Planners. To use the AU Planners, set the lesson plan fetching system right on the S-Sheet in cell B3. Then use one of the AU planners. Read more about the Au Planners at The AU Planner