The AU Lesson Planner
Does AU stand for Alternate Universe? While the AU Lesson Planner is out of this world in magnificence and uniqueness, AU stands for Automatic. The AU lesson planner as automatic as I can make it while remaining flexible. In addition to AU being a splendiferous lesson planner, it powers the printable lesson planners AUD, AUB, and AUC3.
Before I start discussing the different parts of the AU Lesson Planner, I will post a screenshot of the AU worksheet. Click on the image to see the full sized image.
AU has quite a few buttons and knobs for an “Automatic” lesson planner doesn’t it? It does and I left all of these granular controls in the planner to keep it flexible. Most of the settings will not have to be touched again after you have set them. However, if something changes that affects the planner, you can adjust the AU lesson planner any time that you need to adjust it. Once you have everything set the way you want it, the only thing you will need to do is to select a date in the drop-down in cell H1. The date drop-down is a wonderfully short list. I could have made the date automatic, but I didn’t want to take that control out of your hands because the date is an important control.
As you can see, AU has a few drop-down lists
Cell H1 – From this list you will select the date. Regarding dates, AU DOES NOT use number-system dates. This means that if you always use AU, you do not have to select number-system dates at the Days worksheet.
Cell M1 – At M1 you will select the typical day of the week that you start school each week – ex. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, … THIS is the drop-down that controls H1 (the dates).
How does M1 control H1?
If you select Monday, H1 will display Mondays; if you select Tuesday, H1 will display Tuesdays … and so forth.
Your student’s weekend days – 2 drop-downs – This selection is in each of the four lesson planners on the AU worksheet in columns M and N. Set the weekend days for your student’s current year. I don’t remember what this controls, but there is a reason for it. I’d say that it is related to the student’s calendar.
Columns C, D, and E contain drop-down lists that say S and H. S means Show and H means Hide. This is the show/hide drop-down and it allows you to hide any one or all of the lesson plan columns that are in the s-sheets.
Column F holds the full/short drop-down list which allows you to use either the formal or the short class name. This control exists because sometimes the formal name is too long.
Controls in Column A – for each lesson planner in AU
AU contains a few other controls that are not drop-down lists. These controls are present for each of the four lesson planners on the AU worksheet. In the high school planner, set the current planner. The current planner is the one that doesn’t say “not current”.
Char Number – This allows you to have line breaks after each lesson plan column. You will notice its effect if you have added lesson plans in more than one lesson plan column in the s-sheets.
Space before plans – This allows you to control what is in front of each lesson plan.
Space after plans – This allows you to control what is at the end of each lesson plan.
What Does “Not Current” Mean in the AU Lesson Planner
In the High School V Planner AU worksheet, 3 out of 4 lesson planners will say Not Current. This simply means that it’s not the current school year for the student. The AU Planner will tell you which lesson planner to use in row 1 where it says, “Go To Row (a number).” You will also know which lesson planner to use because they are clearly marked with the student’s grade and it will contain dates, plus it won’t say, “Not Current”.
BUT WAIT! What controls AU? Where Are the DS/NS Controls?
At The S-Sheets
When you are at the S-Sheets either setting the numbers for the Number System or bumping dates for the Date System, you should select the AU control – it’s in cell B3. The control in B3 only affects AU, AUD, AUB, and AUC3; it will not control the ds/ns setting at the other lesson planners.
That’s all for AU. Congratulations for choosing to use the V Planner.