Preparing my lesson planner at the beginning of the school year is one of my favorite things to do. Why? Because it helps me see the big picture for what lies ahead! Along with inputting my own personal dates (which I’ll show you how to do in this post) I can also customize my planner to input the District’s calendar with my editable planner, too! In this blog post, I’ll share some of the ways you can customize your editable lesson plan book for an organized school year.
When you purchase the editable planner, the first thing to do is let out a sigh of relief. With only a couple minutes of copy and pasting, your planner is going to be ready to send off to printing! (Unless you’re like me who will spend countless hours on choosing a font).
The first thing you will see when you open your download is my “Keepin’ it Together” cover for your planner. Because let’s face it…yes, planners keep it all together, but some days, I feel like I’m just barely keepin’ it together! There are also some organizer pages:
- Lined page with Blanks
- All About Me
- Dates to Remember
I love starting out with the Month-at-a-glance pages. It is so easy for me to pull up my District’s calendar and begin plugging in those dates that we have off of school. When you download this planner, you will be provided with detailed instructions on how to begin inputting specific days in your calendar.
(There are direction pages just like this one in your download with tips and tricks for getting your planner set up in more detail than you see in this post!)
After I complete those dates from the district, here are some other ways I like to customize my planner (of course, you could just skip this and write them by hand, if you prefer).
- Team planning days (for example, I know that Tuesdays are my Team planning days so I plug that in for the entire school year)
Now that you’ve customized your Monthly pages, let’s dive in to those weekly organizers! Remember those dates you input in the Monthly calendar? Now you can plug those in to your weekly pages to make planning out your week easier! I can’t tell you how many times I used to write plans in only to realize there was no school and have to erase it all just to scoot it over a single day. With your editable planner, that won’t happen anymore! By using the text box I created for you at the beginning of the template, you can copy and paste it in to ANY weekly page so that your planner is prepared to tell you when to stay at home in your jammie jams. 🙂
You can also go ahead and input your subjects on the side columns of your planner. Yes, there is a quick way to input the subjects on each week so that you do not have to type it 293,847 times. I use that subject space to write the standard, skill, and “I Can” statements for each week.
It is also so important to keep track of many forms of data throughout the school year. My first year of teaching, I had a binder for EVERYTHING. There was a binder for Math Assessments, a binder for ELA Assessments, another one for Guided Reading, another for KTIP, it just never stopped! Through experience and trial and error, I’ve now consolidated the majority of my “need-to-know” data into simple checklists that I keep RIGHT IN MY PLANNER! There are going to be those times that you meet with your team or your principal and they ask for a quick synopsis of a child’s growth or performance and by keeping it in the back of your planner, it will be easy to find and always available.
Here are the checklists available to you in your download:
- Guided Reading Levels
- Reading Standardized Scores
- Math Standardized Scores
- Blank Checklist (I love to use this for the misc. permission slips or paperwork that you send home and need to keep track of)
Also included are logs for your Students who have various pull-out times and your own Professional Development Tracker (I’ve already started plugging in a few dates in mine!).
I hope you enjoy your new editable planner! Check back soon to see how I sent my planner to my local office supply store to customize it even further! Don’t forget to pin this post so you can remember it for next year, too ;).