Saturday, May 23, 2015

Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner

Planners have become all the rage these #planneraddict on IG or Pinterest and thousands of posts will appear of people's decorated planners. Many of my teacher blogger friends have a planner of some sort, mostly Erin Condren ones. I decided to get a lesson planner because they were on sale plus I had a $10 gift credit.

The life planner is much more popular for teachers since most schools require their teachers to put their lesson plans on a certain template and upload them, so hand writing them seems a little redundant. I have to do the digital version as well but I went ahead and bought a lesson planner anyway. I chose this cover because I'm still pretty new to the blogging and TpT creating world. Since so many teachers have become bloggers and creators it can be overwhelming so I thought the message was perfect for me.

The first few pages include an All About Me page where you can write your demographical info, usernames/passwords and web resources; a Classroom Events and Volunteers page; and a Helpful Hints for the Substitute page (which I won't use because I leave separate plans for a sub).

Next you will find a list of national holidays and dates. 

I really like having a page for birthdays that I can easily refer to instead of having to go on the district intranet.

Then you have six pages for absences. I've never kept a paper record of student absences since again, most schools have online attendance, but since I have a place for them I'm going to try it out next year.

For the artistic type, there are eight pages of graph paper. I'll use a couple of these for planning out my classroom but I'm not sure what I'll do with the rest (probably just decorate in some way). The planner comes with a detachable ruler as well, which will come in handy for me since I can't even draw a straight line. :)

Next is your typical Year at a Glance spread.

Then comes the "meat" of the planner. You have all your months, each with a two-page calendar spread (the dates are left off so you'll either have to hand write them or order stickers, which is what I did) and three pages for notes. You can indicate which month you'd like to start on when ordering.

Each month has a cute little design- here are June and March.

You then have 40 weeks worth of lesson planning pages. The week number, subject/period/time and dates are left off so again, you'll have to hand write them or order stickers. I plan on ordering custom subject stickers and number stickers for the week but just hand writing the dates. 

The last 16 pages are Check Lists. You could use these for grades, to keep track of who has turned in permission slips, good behavior calls home...whatever.

A planner isn't a planner without some stickers and there are two pages of pre-labeled stickers at the back. They include: Reminder, Progress Reports Due, Benchmark, Testing, Computer Lab, Conferences, Library, First Day, Last Day (my favorite!), Emergency Drill, Field Trip, Observation (my least favorite), Assembly, IEP, Duty, Staff Meeting, Furlough and Holiday. You also get two pages of blank stickers in the same colors.

The last few things in the back are a two-sided pocket, a page protector and zipper pocket (you'll get some free gift tags and personalized stickers too).

Like what you see and want your own? You can get $10 off by clicking the picture below!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Currently {May 2015}

It's May! It's May! It's May!

Can you tell I'm a little excited about it being May?? Only 23 instructional days left!! We can do it people!

Listening: I’ve never watched a whole episode of Planet Earth but now that it’s on Netflix I can! I love pretty much all animals and learning new things about anything so this show is one of the coolest I’ve seen in a while. Really makes me realize how much I’m missing out on seeing in the world…see below for more on that.

Loving: This adorable design you are feasting your eyes upon came to me and you by way of the talented Megan from A Bird in Hand Designs (also I Teach. What’s Your Superpower?).  I’ve recently become addicted to all things arrows so her clip art was perfect! I wasn’t sure I should even get a blog makeover since I’m not one who is diligent about blogging but I’m so glad I did! And you should too! And you should hire Megan! Thanks for doing such a great job as always friend!

Thinking: I’m reading this book right now and am only a couple chapters in but so far it’s been quite interesting. Obviously it’s all about habits, but more specifically why it’s so easy for some people to keep them and others so hard. It helps you create the best habits you’re most likely to keep by making you look deeper into your personality. Apparently I’m an Obliger…motivated by external accountability and resist inner expectations (ie: I never miss a work deadline but STILL have not organized some boxes from my move since no one is holding me responsible for it). Anyways, you should check it out if that sounds interesting to you!

Wanting: So many of the people I know are so lucky to have been able to travel and see the world. I don’t even have a passport! It sounds like an excuse, I know, to say that my single mom didn’t have the extra funds to send me around the world or that I had to put myself through college and couldn’t afford it. Heck, even now as a professional my funds are not great (hello teacher salary). But quite frankly, I’m so tired of hearing other people’s travel stories and want my own. Any tips on traveling on a budget?

Needing: I recently started running again since it's gotten warmer. I hate running on the treadmill- I'd much rather be outside. Besides who wouldn't like running around this lake with this view?

However, Austin is notorious for bad horrible traffic and sometimes I just don't want to deal with the hassle to get to the lake. I ran 3 miles on the treadmill last week for the first time in forever and now my knees are killing me. It's probably a combo of the treadmill and shoes that aren't made for running. So one weekend I'm going to a place here in ATX called Rogue Running to get fit for shoes. The last thing I need are two whacked out knees!

Summer Yes, Hope, Dream: I'm pretty sure most people's yes is VEGAS!! I'm so excited to be going and I have some of the best roomies around--Mrs. Decatur's Little Gators, ELA Everyday and Kayla in the Classrom and I are going to have a blast!

My hope this summer is to get my CHL. I've been talking about it for a long time but need to actually do it. 

I've mentioned my dream of traveling already. I have so many places on my bucket list I want to see, even just in the US. Might be hittin' up some out of state blogger meetups this summer! ;)

Go link up with Farley and see what other teachers around the country have on their minds!