I’m in the middle of back-to-school preparations now, waiting for construction to be done at my preschool so I can set up my classroom! While I’m waiting to do that, I get to engage in another favorite back-to-school activity — planning! I have to confess, I love lesson planning. So when Melissa of Mama Miss asked me to take a look at it her printable teacher planner, I jumped at the chance. Even better, she’s letting me give my readers a chance to win their very own!
Melissa gave me a free digital copy of her printable teacher planner as part of this review. Honestly, I would have bought it anyway – I have her blogger planner and love it. As always, my opinions and comments are my own. There are affiliate links included in this post.
What’s included in the printable teacher planner
Melissa created the planner to go from July 2014 through August 2015. For each month, there’s a cover sheet, a monthly calendar, and weekly calendars. The planner also has pages for all those little things teachers need to know – allergies, student information, transportation schedule, seating chart, class list, kiddos’ birthdays, sub information, etc. She also included two versions of lesson plan outlines. Melissa pretty much covered all the bases! She has a complete list of what’s included on her site.
How to assemble the planner
Like I said before, I bought Melissa’s mid-year blog planner and love it. I got that planner bound at my local copy-and-print store because I knew the pages would be static. For the printable teacher planner, Melissa loved the disc binding system. She details how to do that on her planner info page. I love that idea too, but I’m just using what I already have at home . . . a handy-dandy 3-ring binder. I printed the pages I needed, hole punched them, added some tabs, then put them in the binder. It’s all ready for planning!
How I’m going to use the planner
As I said above, I’ve put mine into a 3-ring binder. I’m going to use the planner to keep track of important information regarding my classroom and my students. I love the space for notes, too. Yes, I could keep notes on a plain piece of paper (and I’ve done that a lot in the past), but I’d rather use the beautiful planner that Melissa crafted.
The monthly calendars will be used to plan special days, thematic learning, and special projects. The lesson plan outlines are going to be used when my group and I share ideas. I’ll likely keep notes there and map out weekly lesson plans, as well as specific goals I have for the kiddos. I think Melissa’s lesson plan pages are perfect for my needs this year, as I always need a place to keep these goals and lesson “maps”.
I keep a lesson plan outline on my computer that’s specific to my classroom schedule. I have to have extra copies to share with my director and my assistants – so my “formal” plans will be done on my computer and won’t be written on the planner’s pages. Since I’m keeping everything in a 3-ring binder, though, everything will be super organized and in one place!
Tools for Teacher Organization
Regardless of the length of the school day, it’s important for educators to stay organized. In my experience, staying organized also helps me stay cool, calm, and collected throughout the school year and throughout each day.
So, I made a list of some handy tools for staying organized both in the classroom and when it comes to lesson planning and general organization. Check them out below.
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- Stacking file trays
- File folders
- Clip boards
- Sorting trays
- Nuts and bolts storage drawers
- Table Caddies
- Book bins
- Preschool lesson planning book
- Large desk planner
- Pocket charts
- Contact paper
- Classroom name plates
- Label maker
Keep in mind that this list is in no way extensive. Being organized looks different for each person. So, make sure that you have all of the specific organizational tools that will help you on hand. Doing so will certainly reduce your level of stress each day and throughout the school year.
Giveaway and where to buy the planner
Well, in case you couldn’t already guess, I love this printable teacher planner. It’s going to get a lot of use this school year. If you’re interested in your own planner to print out, please sign up for the giveaway below! It’s open to anyone with a valid email address, and it’ll last a week from today. Rafflecopter will pick a random winner and let me know, then I’ll email one lucky reader! If I don’t hear back from the winner within 48 hours, I’ll have to choose a different winner.
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If you don’t win a free copy, you can pop on over to the Mama Miss site and buy your own!
If you DO win, what grade will you be using it for this year?
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I would love to have this planner! If I win it I will be using it with preschoolers if I don’t win it I think it will be worth buying 🙂
Thank you so much Mary Catherine! What a lovely review 🙂 xx
I teach preschool and would LOVE this planner
We would use it for preschool and kindergarten.
I love your planner idea and it would help me keep organized with my preschoolers. I hope I win but would probably buy it anyway. Thanks
I would use it in Kindergarten!
This planner looks beautiful! I would love it for this year. Thanks for the opportunity!
Cherrie Bradley says
I would use the planner for Pre-K 🙂
Homeschooling my kindergartner!
I would love to use this binder for my preschool and kindergartner class!
Maureen antoski says
This looks great, I would use it for my k class.
I will be using this for my homeschooled preschooler, and to keep everything for my kindergartener organized!
Jennifer W says
I would be using this planner in my Head Start classroom this year!
Uo! I love this planner! I need it!