Friday, June 9, 2017

Teacher Planner

I know, I know, it's June and officially summer time for most of us teachers! No one is trying to think about school for the next 2 months. BUT, if you're like me, then you want to spend a little time planning and organizing for next year while you don't have to worry about meetings, parents and assessing. That's why I was so excited when I got my reminder email yesterday from Malia at Playdough to Plato. She JUST uploaded the new 20117 - 2018 teacher planner! And if that wasn't exciting enough ... it's free! 

I used her lesson plan book template last year and loved it! It's brightly colored (which anyone who knows me will know suits me to a t!), editable and has just about every checklist you could think of. Did I also mention that it's free??

Now I will admit, it took some getting used to to be able to break away from the computer for everything. On days when I just didn't have time to turn the computer on or didn't have an iPad charged to use while walking around, this planner was a life saver! With 11 classes of 32-42 and sometimes 50, I need to be able to jot down which groups students were in, who was working on what and keep track of a lot of different activities and areas. Perfect. Tool.

Click the picture below to head on over to Playdough to Plato and get your free teacher planner for 2017 - 2018! 

I like to use this planner in a binder and in conjunction with my adorable Blue Sky planner (I get mine at Target, but you can peruse all of their different planners here). I find it best to place some of the pages in plastic sleeves and use a Vis-a-Vis wet erase marker so write on it. That way, I can reuse a lot of the pages without having to worry about wasting so much paper! It's also helpful if I need to make notes about what did and did not work for certain lessons.

As soon as I have my things unpacked, I'll upload some pictures of my planner!

Happy Planning!

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AFTERNOON UPDATE:  I did find, after all, that as an educator, you are able to set up a free Microsoft Educators account with your school email. This would have been good to know a year and a half ago so I could've saved some money each month! Lesson learned ... research more than you think you are.
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