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Erin Condren has rolled out a brand new Teacher Lesson Planner. Now, I might not be a teacher (although I did study early childhood education for a year in college, wazzup), but I do know what makes a great planner. I also know a bit about what teachers need from a planner, like an attendance chart and place to keep their lesson plans for the year. (Plus, we got the official stamp of approval for the Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner from an actual teacher; video coming soon!)
Before we get to that part though, let’s focus on the specs. This teacher planner is by Erin Condren, and that means you can expect it to be very much like the LifePlanner we all know and love. The Teacher Planner is made with the same great, high-quality materials and with the same design aesthetic. It’s 8.5×11, has a laminated cover that you can personalize, durable wire binding, and laminated tabs so you can easily navigate through the planner. The paper is also the same heavy weight that works with all pen types.
If you love the design elements used in the LifePlanner, then the Teacher Lesson Planner won’t disappoint. It’s full of the bright colors, pretty petal graphics, and motivational phrases that have become a staple of Erin Condren products. There’s nothing boring about this planner and its contents.
There is so much in this planner that it almost makes the regular LifePlanner look basic, but for teachers this is necessary. Teachers have a lot to manage and keep track of (not even counting the room of 25+ children), and this planner gives them a place to keep all of it written down in one place.
Of course there’s a designated space for the basic information that teachers need to have throughout the year, like classroom resources, web resources and passwords, planned classroom events, contact information for classroom volunteers, important information for substitute teachers, and even a full two-page spread for contacts in general (which can include parents and even notable people in the community). All of this is at the start of the planner so it’s easily accessible for the teacher and for the substitute teacher.
The Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner Has Everything Teachers Need…
Teachers are responsible for planning out a whole year’s worth of lessons and educational experiences, so Erin Condren’s Teacher Lesson Planner puts this at the heart of the planner. There’s a two-page spread for monthly planning for the entire year that offers a great bird’s eye view. This way it’s easy for teachers to see whether there are any overbooked or under-booked months and so they can remain ahead of the month to come.
There’s also a two-page absentee log, a graph section for planning out seating charts or other measurable information, and then monthly calendars with monthly planning pages. These calendars are in the regular calendar order, but they’re undated — so it doesn’t matter if teachers start using the Teacher Lesson Planner in August or January. Each month also has two lined pages for notes, so there’s plenty of room for note taking as needed.
After all of the monthly calendars, there’s the lesson section. Here, you get 52 weeks worth of weekly lesson plans. This is laid out and designed so that it can work for any teacher no matter what grade she teaches. The weekday rows are all on the left-hand side and at the top of both pages are columns for seven subjects/periods. There’s space to write down what time each subject/period starts at the top of each column.
Like the monthly calendars, these weekly lesson plans are undated and can be started at any point during the year. Each weekdays/subject box is lined, so teachers can write in the lesson, new assignments, due assignments, and tests down. This weekly spread is so well-designed that it can fit the weekly lesson needs of every teacher, no matter the subject, grade, or special circumstances of the class.
The final section in the Teacher Lesson Planner is the checklist. There are eight two-page checklists that can be used to track grades, assignments, or anything else for every student in the class. The roster with student names can be easily removed thanks to a perforated strip in order to maintain student confidentiality if needed, as well.
…And The Fun Extras Teachers Deserve
Because this is an Erin Condren planner, there are naturally some fun extras at the very back. Each Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner comes with four sticker sheets to be used throughout the planner. There are all kinds of different style and purposes, so there’s a sticker for every section of the planner. There’s also a double-sided folder to hold loose papers, a sheet protector for the really important documents, and of course the inside of both the front and back cover can be written on using a wet erase marker.
There are also a ton of other accessories designed specifically for teachers that can be purchased, like a planner pouch to hold pens and other tools and, of course, a plethora of sticker sheets should the included ones run out early.