Teacher's lesson notes. Where to start?

Obsidian is so powerful, I sometimes find the lack of constraints a problem.

At the moment, I have a number of notes:

  1. Notes on each student
  2. Notes on each class
  3. Notes on each lesson
  4. Notes on each topic; such as what topics were in which lesson

I think I need a template for each lesson linking to each student in each lesson. Each lesson then links into a record for each class.

No, wait! I should start with a class and then add a lesson note for each lesson with which students actually attended.

No, wait! Students keep changing classes so I should start with each student and then link that into a lesson, and then log that lesson into a class log!

No, wait! I don’t want to reenter data. How can I include topic notes into a class log?

This sounds like a situation for graph view. I’ve started with notes on each student but I doubt my choice sometimes as I’m reentering data now.

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I might start as below.

Student Card

  • Static Fields
    β†’ name
    β†’ ID
    β†’ contact info
  • Linked Fields
    β†’ class 1
    β†’ class 2
    β†’ …
    β†’ Meeting/Note 1
    β†’ Meeting/Note 2
    β†’ …

Meeting/Note Card

  • Static Field
    β†’ date
    β†’ notes
  • Linked Fields
    β†’ Student
    β†’ Class

Class Card

  • Static Fields
    β†’ name
    β†’ academic year + semester
    β†’ notes
  • Linked Fields
    β†’ (students)
    β†’ (topics)

Topic Card

  • Static Fields
    β†’ class(es)
    β†’ … topic information …

Lesson Card

  • Static Fields
    β†’ date
    β†’ class
  • Linked Fields
    β†’ topic(s)

I would use a spreadsheet to track the static information for students and to administer a lesson plan. I’d develop topics in the equivalent to Word or PowerPoint. This leaves Obsidian (or something else) to handle the meeting notes with students and the class notes.

Hope this gives a better ground for you to build upon.

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JJW

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