One of the hardest parts of being a teacher is staying organized. You have stacks of papers to copy and grade, meetings every week, and lessons to plan. How do you keep track of your never ending to-do list? I use the Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner to organize my teaching life.
Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner
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A few years ago, I just used a calendar on my desk and to-do lists to keep track of everything I had to do. Then, I would get home and not remember if I had a meeting the next day.
Next, I tried using Google Calendar, but I found out about things when I didn’t have my computer or phone. Many of those appointments never got added to my online calendar.
I needed something I could take with me that would help me stay organized and keep me from missing meetings. I also needed a place to take notes during my team meetings when we were deciding what lessons to teach each day.
That’s when I discovered the Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner. Not only did it solve all of my organizational problems, but it just makes me happy every time I use it.
Let me take you on a tour of my Teacher Lesson Planner and share what I love most about it.
#1 – You can completely customize your planner.
The first thing I love is the design of the Teacher Lesson Planner! There are so many beautiful options to choose from. I selected the Mid Century Circles design because I love the pattern and colors.
One of the wonderful things about the Teacher Lesson Planner is that you can purchase more than one cover and switch it out whenever you want. I also got the Special Edition Alphabet Art cover. It snaps on so easily and completely changes the look of the planner.
After you choose your cover design, you can also personalize it with your name and your school name.
This year, there are more options than ever for your Teacher Lesson Planner! The Focused Teacher Lesson Planner provides a more simplified version. If you’re not into all the bright colors and designs, this is definitely for you.
You can also get the Teacher Lesson Planner softbound if you don’t like the coils on the side. This one is in the Layers design.
The Teacher Lesson Panner is even available as a binder so you can add and remove pages!
#2 – You can keep a running to-do list.
I’ve always loved to-do lists. However, I used to write them on little pieces of paper, and they were constantly getting lost. Plus, I had about 5 different to-do lists going at all times.
The back of the cover of my Teacher Lesson Planner is the perfect place for my to-do list. It’s plastic, so I can write my to-do list in dry erase marker and just wipe off each item as I do it. No more lost papers, and my to-do list is always with me.
#3 – You can keep all of your important information in one place.
As I flipped through the first few pages, I was so excited to see spaces for all my important classroom information – names and contact information, important dates and events, and my personal favorite – web resources and passwords. I am constantly forgetting my passwords for my favorite math and reading websites. Now I have a place to keep them all so I’ll never lose them again.
There is even a communication log, so you can keep track of all your parent phone calls and meetings. The included graph papers are the perfect place to draw your seating chart or track data.
#3 – You can plan your month and your week.
For each month, there is a 2-page calendar. I use this just like I used the calendar on my desk. The difference is that now I can easily carry it home with me so I always know when my meetings are. I also add my kids’ sporting events and other family plans to my calendar. That way, I know when I’m available for after school meetings.
After the monthly calendar, there are pages to plan your week. I just write the subjects across the top of the page and jot down what I’m going to be teaching each day. These pages are perfect for taking notes at my team planning meetings. Then, I use the information to type my lesson plans that need to be submitted to my principal.
#4 – Check lists are amazing.
I keep check lists for everything – attendance, who turned in homework, and who I met with for reading workshop conferences. The Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner has 14 pages of check lists in the back.
#5 – Who doesn’t love stickers?
I’m just like my third graders. I absolutely love stickers! There are four full pages of stickers at the back of the Teacher Lesson Planner. I had so much fun adding them to my calendars!
#6 – There are so many amazing accessories!
Just in case those amazing features aren’t enough, you can add on some amazing accessories for your Teacher Lesson Planner. These post-it notes, bookmarks, and weekly planner all snap right into the coil of your planner to keep you even more organized.
Keep your special pens in the beautiful accordion zipper pouch that come with the accessories bundle. Then, you really will have everything you need to stay organized!
#7 – You can store important papers in your Teacher Lesson Planner.
The planner has pockets that will hold all your important papers. You can keep everything in one place, so you don’t have to spend hours searching for a paper you set down somewhere.
Organize Your Teaching Life
I love my Teacher Lesson Planner so much, and I will never go back to a desk calendar again. I’m already looking forward to picking out a new design for next year’s cover.
Get your Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner today, and start organizing your teaching life.
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