Organizing your lessons

Lessons can contain other lessons, like folders

If you’re an multi-subject teacher, here’s how to organize your course by subject

  • Log in to your SKIES account, and select the “Teacher” tab.
  • Click “My class” underneath your course.
  • Click “Add new lesson”, type in the name of your first subject, and click “Save.”
  • On the upper-left corner of the page, click on the three horizontal bars to reveal the table of contents.
  • Click “Add new lesson”, and continue adding subjects.
  • To add a lesson for a particular subject, click on the subject name, then “Add new sublesson …”

If you’re a single-subject teacher, here’s how to organize a course by unit

  • Log in to your SKIES account, and select the “Teacher” tab.
  • Click “My class” underneath your course.
  • Click “Add new lesson”, type in the name of your first unit, and click “Save.”
  • On the upper-left corner of the page, click on the three horizontal bars to reveal the table of contents.
  • Click “Add new lesson”, and continue adding unit names.
  • To add a lesson for a particular unit, click on the unit name, then “Add new sublesson …”

To add cards to a lesson

  • Click on the “+” sign at the center of the blue path.
  • Continue adding cards by clicking on the “+” sign to the right of the card you just added.
  • We strongly recommend placing all teacher prompts, particularly questions, on the blue path.
  • To reorder cards on the blue path, click down on the top of the card for a second, and once it lifts off, move it to where it should be.

How should I break up material between lessons?

  • Teachers often start by putting into each lesson a day’s worth of material.
  • But sometimes lessons run too short or too long.
  • Most teachers move to naming lessons by topic, and putting 1 to 3 days of material into each lesson.
  • Timing estimates: multiple choice question = 1-2 minutes, no-collaboration question = 5-7 minutes, collaboration question = 7-12 minutes.
  • A typical SKIES lesson contains 3 to 10 cards on the blue path.