Markdown Lesson Plans

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I do my detailed planning in markdown using Ulysses. I had a few people interested how I do this, so I thought I’d share.

This all began in my grad school classes because I had to write so many lesson and unit plans for assignments using Lipscomb University’s College of Education lesson plan template. Because the template is so detailed and involves so much writing on my part, I wanted to use an app for writing where I didn’t have to worry about formatting nearly as much as I would in Word. I also wanted to be able to make a template out of an empty plan so I could easily create new ones.

The result of this was spending some time translating Lipscomb’s format into Markdown and saving it as a Textexpander snippet. So now when I am ready to work on the nitty-gritty of a lesson, I open Ulysses, type “mdlp” for markdown lesson plan, and I instantly have a canvas to start crafting a lesson in.

When finished, I can either keep it in Ulysses for my own viewing in the classroom, or export it to PDF using Marked 2 to submit to a professor or share with a colleague.1

To download a .txt file of the lesson plan template, click here. Tweak it as you see fit. I know it’s more detailed than any of us really use daily, but even if I leave one item blank, seeing it helps me think through it.

I hope this is useful to you as you begin another school year. Happy planning!

  1. Ulysses’s built in variation of Markdown does not support tables which I use extensively in these lesson plans. In order to do this successfully, I use Ulysses’s Convert Markup tool to change to standard Markdown and use Marked as my preview tool instead of Ulysses’s built in previews. ↩︎
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