Last Friday was the last day of school for me which means (1) IT’s SUMMER! and (2) now I have so much more time I can devote to the blog (so exciting!). I can’t wait to roll out some things I’ve been working on!
Anyway, while summer means a break from grading/lesson planning/organizing/decorating/copying/counseling/calling parents and the million other things teachers do during the school year, it also means it is time to reflect on the past year, and to begin prepping for next year. Whether you are a TYPE-A teacher who plans very meticulously, way in advance, or a TYPE-B teacher who approaches things in a more laid back way, I know that every teacher plans for the next year in some way…so this post is for you!
In this post I will show you the Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner, detail how I used it, and explain why I just purchased the Erin Condren LifePlanner. This post isn’t sponsored (if you’re wondering why I’m plugging EC!), I just want to share a product I am passionate about and help out if you’re trying to decide if you want one, or which one you should choose…keep reading!
Last year about this time I was trying to decide if I wanted to get an Erin Condren planner or not. They are somewhat expensive compared to the regular ‘ol planners I’d get at Target, or wherever, but I’d heard so much hype about them that I was intrigued. I always start the school year with grand plans on how I’m going to organize my school “stuff” but had yet to find a way that really worked for me that I kept up with, so I did my research to figure out if I wanted the Teacher Planner or the LifePlanner. I ended up buying an Erin Condren Teacher Planner. (Note: Sub-Par iPhone pictures ahead! 🙂 )
Below is the cover I chose of my Teacher Lesson Planner. When you visit the site, you will notice the MANY options you have to choose from. If you don’t really care about the personalization, they also have some cheaper “Grab and Go” options where you get the generic version (the only difference is there is no name added). The cover is laminated with a very, very thick laminate, so it is heavy duty (mine even endured a few spills!).
See below for a size comparison. The EC Teacher Lesson Planner is on the left and the Life Planner is on the right. I’m loving the smaller size of the Life Planner!
A cool feature of the LifePlanner is that you get to choose if you want a horizontal or vertical layout on the daily pages. I chose horizontal because I like to make bulleted lists.
Both products are great, but this year I chose to switch from the EC Teacher Planner to the Life Planner and digital lesson plans.
I switched because I found that I didn’t use all of the fabulous inserts simply because of the number of students I have as a Middle School teacher. If I taught elementary aged students, and had 30ish in a class, the checklists and other pages would be plenty sufficient, however, I don’t, and was using the check lists for only some things because of space, thus, defeating the purpose of having an “all-in-one” book for me.
I also switched because I began to run out of room on the lesson planning pages. I absolutely loved to look at the week in the format that the EC Teacher Lesson Planner has, but I wasn’t able to be as detailed as I wanted so I was inserting other pages (the longer lesson plan, or slides, etc) and then I just had a bunch of extra materials stuffed in there.
The Life Planner has allowed me to plan my personal stuff, as well as create “To Do” bulleted lists for school things on each day. I have been using Planboard (a free site…I wrote about it here) to store my digital plans/worksheets/slideshows/resources all in one place and have really liked the flexibility of having everything together digitally to “remember” for next year, and also to keep resources attached with certain lessons (I am NOT a file cabinet girl!).
Hopefully this information has been helpful if you’re in the market for an Erin Condren planner. Which ever route you go, you will get a fabulous product! (This is not sponsored, I just really like the planners 🙂 )
If you want $10 off, you can use my referral code here.
So what do you think? Are you getting an Erin Condren planner or do you have one and use yours differently? Let me know!