Elizabeth Richards Teacher Diary 2018

Over the years I’ve used various teacher planners – Erin Condren, bullet journals, generic teacher planners, printed planners from TPT, a Kikki.K binder planner. I love planners. I love trialling new ones. I’m honest with myself when they don’t work, and when they do. I also know I need to switch it up now and then because change reinvigorates the way I interact with them.

I’m going to share a few thoughts on the planner I’m going to begin 2018 using – I’ve also got a video flip through of it, so you can scroll down and hear my thoughts if you like!

This year I decided to trial the Elizabeth Richards Teacher Diary, and bought myself one just to see how it goes.

It’s very similar to an Erin Condren planner – it’s A4 size, and quite thick and thus heavy. However, depending on how you plan to use this, it may not be a problem. I intend to use this as a bit of a classroom ‘bible’ and it will stay at work during the week, and come home on weekends so I can map out my week. (If this is something you’d be interested in seeing as a video, let me know in the comments.)

Let’s talk about a few of the features:

  • The front cover is actually a plastic pocket that you can slip covers in and out of easily.
  • It comes with 2 sturdy covers, with 2 designs on each (total of 4)
  • The back cover is a thick/sturdy plastic with an elastic strap

It has:

  • A yearly planner
  • Note pages
  • Dividers for each month
  • Undated monthly layouts
  • Undated weekly spreads
  • Lesson review space
  • Password lists
  • Student contact details
  • Health information
  • Parent communication logs
  • Classroom expense tracker
  • Professional Development log
  • Assessment Checklists

It is very colourful and well laid out. For my intended purpose, which is weekly overviews and on-the-go notes, it’s going to do exactly what I need it to do as a desk planner.

The paper is about the same thickness as general copy paper, so it’s not a planner to be using permanent markers in, but that’s easy to work with.

I’ll be very honest and say I don’t know if I’ll use this one planner for the whole year (I’ve yet to manage an entire year in a single planner), but I want to give it a good go. My detailed lesson plans are all electronic, so this is purely for ensuring that I have a clear visual overview each week and that system works pretty well for me.

Do you use a physical planner? Which one do you love to use?

4 thoughts on “Elizabeth Richards Teacher Diary 2018

  1. Hi Stef,

    I’m curious about these planners! I’ve heard they’re popular and I’ve had trouble getting my head around that because I thought most teachers would be planning electronically. But like you say, it’s probably handy for a snapshot.
    Do many teachers use them as their only planners?

    I do understand the appeal of paper notes. I handwrite all my to-lists for my Edublogs work etc. I’ve tried electronic but I don’t like it as much! And the satisfaction of crossing something off is pretty hard to beat!

    Kathleen 🙂


    • Hi Kathleen,

      I’m a bit the same – I do all my lesson planning electronically, but I like to manually map out my week. Sometimes I do use an electronic template for that, but I still need to print it. Having a physical copy helps me make sense of what’s happening day by day.

      I know of some teachers who only use only the planner for their planning documents (but I could never do that – my school’s planning documentation is quite rigorous).

      I love crossing things off to-do lists, too. One of the most satisfying things when you’ve got a big list to get through!


      • I agree about printing off planners. It’s not really practical to say to the kids ‘hold on, let me go check my computer to see what we are doing next!’

        Yes, you’d think most schools would be getting more strict or uniform in their approach to planning. Unlike when I started and you could do whatever you liked! 🙂


  2. Hi, I’m interested to know how you are finding the diary. I am just about to start the my final placement for my Masters (so will be a teacher from term 3!!) and saw that the diary was highly recommended by another uni student in our Uni’s facebook group. I’ve just done a google search to see what reviews I can find and would love to know how it’s working for you. Thanks!


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