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
- 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?