As a teacher if you have a planner - you are freeing yourself from having to remember all of the crazy things that a teacher needs to remember. It is an essential tool for a teacher. Now that is coming from a teacher who is aiming to go paper free (starting the process by using my latest resource - a digital planner).
I could do a massive review here on the different planners that I have used over the years, but I believe that by pinpointing 5 methods of planning that that will give you an idea of what would work best for you.
I will start with my planner that I created myself and yes it is DIGITAL:
I created my own Digital teacher planner. This planner works with the Goodnotes app that costs approximately £7.00 on the App Store. I would recommend Goodnotes as it makes you feel that you are using a paper planner - the pages turn from right to left.
To see the planner in action you can check out my youtube video on this link:
You can purchase a copy of the planner from my teacherspayteachers store. I created female and male versions:
The Erin Condren Teacher planner. I have used a life planner by Erin Condren in the past and looooooovvvvvvvveeeeedddddd it, beyond words. The teacher planner is much bigger (not great for the teachers with the small handbags but great if you carry a huge bag, like myself, or love to have a super, looking planner sitting on your teacher desk.)
So here is my Erin Condren teacher planner:
I love it already.
Very American but I just love the fact that it bursts with colour and isn't boring - so I will have no issues with picking it up and using it. I am in the process of working out how to use the same planner - over the next 5 years. Maybe using post-its?!? As living in Northern Ireland purchasing a planner each year from Erin Condren would make me bankrupt (needless to say they are not cheap.)
Once I sort out the plan I will post it here. So call back often to check that out!
If you decide to take the plunge and order from Erin Condren - use this referral link and receive 10% off your first order! Teachers in Northern Ireland deserve the best products too. In our profession you should treat yourself once and a while.
I also use a bullet journal for all you bujo lovers out there! I write in all my tips that I have received over the years that I have used and have worked!
I was asked recently by a student from Stranmillis - How do bullet journals work? So I will go into detail of how one can work for a teacher. Hopefully do a video on Youtube.
I bought my bujo (short for bullet journal) on Amazon. Here is a link to the exact one:
This is a great Bullet Journal as it feels amazing! In the past I used hard back bullet journals:
I have a number of walk throughs on my You-tube channel. So check those out:
I have also made bigger teacher planners. Especially after buying my own binder.
Or make your own journals/ planners that will slip into your handbag. I use the small planners for to-do-lists mainly. These are easy to make - check out Junk Journals on Youtube.