I'm in love with my Erin Condren teacher planner! I was on the fence about ordering one because I was wondering if I needed it and would use it. To answer that, yes, I need it and I'm already using it. I actually just brought my laptop and planner over to my mom's to show her. Guess who is getting an early Christmas gift this year? Yep, I ordered her an Erin Condren life planner. Sadly, my sister is claiming that she doesn't need one. (Hmm...we shall see!) I now feel like everyone needs a paper planner.
It only took about two weeks for me to get my planner. It comes in a lovely box and is wrapped in tissue paper. I got free shipping because I went over $100. Okay, the planner itself is $60-70 depending on your add-ons. However, I ordered a lot of other things like fun pens, stickers, and some dry eraser dividers. I'm so glad I did too, because that is what makes it really interactive. I just ordered more of that stuff, too. You get 15% off on accessories if you order three.
The teacher planner has a lot in it. It has both a month calendar and a weekly lesson planner. There are all types of grids, student lists, substitute information, and absentee tracker. Some of that is more for elementary teachers. However, I really need the weekly planner. I love the password section in the beginning. It's a small thing, but I am always getting locked out of my computer. This will definitely be a big help. I teach two subjects. I also have four sections of language arts. I am really particular about marking where I left off in each class. Also, with assemblies and special events coming up, I need to know what is coming up.
The stickers are beautiful. There are a variety of stickers in the back of the planner. You get some free ones. I also love the ones I ordered. They are not just beautiful, but inspiration. I am already using them, too. The beauty of the planner is color coding and using the stickers to highlight things.
Pockets and folders! This is the main reason I had to have this particular planner. There is a pouch for pens, etc. I got two clear folders and one colorful folder. I can shove a ton of stuff in here. As any teacher will tell you, we get a ton of paper on a daily basis. I get notes from kids, parents, administration, other teachers, fundraiser, and papers I need to fill out and return. It is a real pain to keep all these papers together. Now, I am going to put them all in this planner.
Okay, another thing I felt like I "had" to have was the wet erase boards. I even ordered the cute wet erase markers. I have so many places to make lists. I love and need lists to function. I have so many things to do. Now, I can keep that list in ONE place. I typically have five different lists going. Yep, that is not good.
I love the cover! It is a thick laminated plastic. I spent a lot of time picking out the perfect cover. My name is on it. Hopefully, I will never left this planner out of my sight. I do tend to leave things all over the place, so the name on the cover is a good thing. Weirdly, the planner also matches my new Mac Book Pro cover. Now, if I could just dress as carefully, I would be much more stylish.
Calendar stickers. You do have to stick on the days on the monthly calendar. I didn't mind doing this. However, I am still on summer vacation (until tomorrow!)...In my mind, stickers are pretty much always a good thing.
Inserts. For some reason, I wanted the weekly meal planner wet erase sheet. I realized that I can use it to plan out my school lunches. I always bring my lunch unless it is an inservice day. However, at the grocery store, I am often just rolling around randomly buying coffee and bags of kale I never eat. Now, I will have to have some sort of notion of what to pack. I guess I could also eat it for dinner. Most of my dinners are pretty much: frozen pizza, eat at mom's, Chik Filet, can of soup, slim jims, etc.
I also ordered some really adorable post-it notes. There are great because I can start adding things I know we will do that I am not sure when. For example, in language arts, we give a beginning of the year reading diagnostic exam. I don't know what exact day so I can just write it on a post it note and move it to the correct day when I know. There is always so much going on at the start of the year, that I want to make sure I don't forget anything important. With this planner, I am already off to a great start thanks to my new planner. Well, goodbye SUMMER 2016! It's time to move into School Year 2016-2017. I believe that I can stay organized, calm, and inspired this entire year.