Oh my goodness, I am SO happy with how this came out, but I am also SO glad to be done working on it. It was a labor of love that's for sure. Thanks to the girls organizing the TPT Seller Challenge, I was motivated to finish it early on this week!
(Hint: Make sure you stick around for the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!!)
I have used an Erin Condren teacher planner for the past two years. I really love the size, color and many things about it, but I never used the entire thing. I always had good intentions about using those lesson plan pages in the back, and would sometimes even remember to fill it out. But, it was a lot of money to spend for so much wasted space. Plus, there were things I would have loved to have in the planner that weren't offered. After searching the internet this summer for a perfect planner, I realized I would need to make one myself if I truly wanted it to have everything I need! So it began...
Let me start by saying that if you are looking for an actual lesson planner to write your plans in, this is probably not for you! I used to team plan and we would type our plans into a Word Document. At my new school, we submit them online. So, I have never been looking for a planner where I hand-write all of my lesson plans...I don't know how some of you do it!! I wanted something I could take to and from and around school that would have EVERYTHING I could need.
Here's a little glimpse of what I came up with (so far! I know I'll be thinking of more pages to add over the next few weeks.)
This shows the front and back covers (the front cover is editable so you can include your name). I included all of these "extra" pages at the front of my planner. There's a spot for classroom information, birthdays & holidays, a place to quickly map out the school year, a place to set some teaching goals, keep your passwords in order (important!) and sheets to record IEP goals and accommodations. If you are a blogger and TPT seller, I also included pages to brainstorm! I would constantly think of product ideas throughout the school day last year, so this way it will all be in one place for me and not on sticky notes that get lost in my purse. :)
Ahh, the calendar pages...one of my most used sections! Every month has a two-page spread...perfect for jotting down important events or even quickly mapping out curriculum. After each month, there are 4 to 5 weekly planner sheets (depending on how many weeks there are in that month!). This is perfect for jotting down to-do lists and any change in your normal schedule. I'm excited to have this in one place also...normally I'm making multiple to-do lists every week and losing them! There are also extra note pages after these weekly snapshot pages. Of course, if you don't need certain pages, you can customize it to make it your own!
These are the sheets I ended up including in the back of my planner (once again, you can put yours together however you like!). I am SO excited about the Parent Communication Log sheets. All of my student and parent contact information will be at my fingertips and it will make it super easy to log important communication with them. The checklist pages are something I always use to track homework or field trip forms. And of course, every teacher needs LOTS of notes pages. It includes half-sheet pages for taking notes during meetings, pages to take notes on professional development books you read, and just plain ole' note pages!
I've already had mine printed, just need to laminate the covers, add tabs, and get it bound! That will be a separate blog post. :) Here's a quick look at what it looks like printed!
I'm also giving a copy away for FREE as well as a $15 Staples gift card that can go towards the cost of getting the planner printed and bound!! Enter to win! :)a Rafflecopter giveaway