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No matter what you think, you need to plan!
sounds silly, I know.
But even as I finish up my 11th year, I still have days I don't plan
and you know what?
those are the days that I'm most irritated with behavior
those are the days when I come home in a bad mood
Maybe you never have days like this
maybe you are a hard core planner
maybe you have to turn in your plans
but I am not
never have been
So this past year I made a pact with myself because who better to make a promise to, right?!
to plan every single day
I do not mean to plan every single minute
I don't run like that
I don't teach like that
I just wanted to write down what I would be doing during each block of time
Now don't get me wrong, I always have a plan, it's just not always written down!
I know what I'm teaching, but when I do write it down, I tend to stick to it!
so how do I plan?
two ways actually!
I used to have a spreadsheet, all laid out beautifully with clipart and cool fonts, but after a couple of years, that got old. I love technology, but I'm still a fan of paper and pencils!
then a few years ago, our district purchased a license for an online planbook that we were required to use
it was a pain in the butt, but we could share it with whomever we wanted (and our admin) so my teammate and I had a great setup. She would plan math for a month or so, I'd plan ELA; then we'd switch. Loved it! Never planned better
then the site license was not renewed by our district, nor was it replaced
So for the real reason I am here...to share some different planners I have used!
I began using planbook.com after our district did not reinvest in the other site
the setup is one of the things I loved about planbook.com-color coding! I'm a sucker for it! This is a week before any plans were added (I wasn't using the site yet on this date). Planbook.com is easy to navigate, easy to add standards taught which it keeps a record of, and easy to add links to videos and pdfs. This is the best feature for online planning for me, the eternal last minute copy maker! I rarely print anything til it's the day of!
PROS: accessibility-I can't leave it at school! only $12 per year, links are right there, prints in an easy to read layout
CONS: Now, I loved it! but sharing was a pain, I had to send the link to my teammate who had to have a code to view them, whereas before we could go right into each other's plans and copy and paste
Now last summer I bought my EC teacher planner-yes, I have both online and paper ones! I need them!
and here's why
I like to say I am flexible! that's a positive spin on I rarely get to what I need to get to!
PROS: dang it's pretty! I feel all grown up carrying it! Lots of note keeping and data all in one place, sturdy-I never had any problems with anything coming apart, great customer service
CONS: it is more pricy, I buy it during teacher appreciation month! I do not keep up with plans as well
and the coolest new thing out there are teachers making planners! editable and customizable...
there are lots of options on TpT
when I search on TpT alone, there are over 1800 options!
then I was contacted by sweet Kelsey at Paper and Oats about her new teacher planning kit
She makes the most clean looking products I've ever seen!
not only does she have this planner, but also a back-to-school kit that coordinates with it! Now that's every teacher's dream!
I love clean and simple!
and her short and sweet page titles are right up my alley!
check it out!
it includes a banner kit in each color option, a classroom decor kit, plus the planner!
this planner is most like the EC planner I have seen
very simple, yet includes about anything I can imagine!
I used the venture out page to plan our last field trip this year.
We have to have a plan turned in a week before leaving
I love this page!
every page is fillable in adobe, too!
so these may be the best of both worlds, print and online!
what do you think?
What are your favorite ways to plan!?
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