I have wanted to share with you the tool that helped me stay organized as a teacher since…oh… three years ago. But, I never quite got around to it. (Definitely the mark of an organized person.) “What is this tool?” you might be wondering.
TEACHER PLANNER PRINTABLES
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Please forgive me for the delay, because I don’t know how I would have survived teaching without these organizational planner printables. Now that I am no longer in the classroom, I still use a slightly modified version of this.
I am going to just give you a quick overview of how I use/used each worksheet.
As you can see, the weekly review is:
- a snapshot of my week
- complete with a calendar
- to-do lists
- a daily task list (things that are not changing week to week)
- a parent contact section.
I created three versions that might appeal to different styles. The top half of the weekly review is a glance of my week. The top row is dedicated to reminders for that day. If I get an email with a reminder that we have a fire drill on Thursday, then I would write it in at the top, so it doesn’t get lost amongst the other to-dos. Before school is where I might write something that has to be done before students arrive. If you don’t have a handy dandy first period planning period, then you know what I mean – perhaps you still need to print off modified versions of a unit test, or like me, you needed to pick up attendance clipboards.
Then, my calendar space gets more flexible. I have a section to place any meetings or commitments that occur on specific days during specific conference/planning times. I have a category for lunch, too, because I would always forget that I had lunch detention duty on Tuesdays. Because meetings and duties are often scheduled after school, I have a section for that, as well.
On Monday mornings, I look at my Outlook calendar to check to see if I have any ARD meetings or any other commitments during my planning period or after school, and then I write those in for the week.
Daily Tasks List
Since preparing lessons and making copies will always be items on my to-do lists, it seems bizarre to write them in each day. And, for two years, I wrote this as a to-do every. single. day. Instead, I can now just check off when I have accomplished it. This is where you might include grading, updating mastery trackers, or responding to emails.
There is no task too small to place in this section. I write anything down that I think to do. I write down any people I need to follow up with, supplies I need to request, items I need to remember to bring home, teachers I need to observe, and students I need to whom I need to write notes. Anything that can be accomplished during that week goes on the list. And anything that doesn’t get accomplished gets added to the next week’s list until it is done.
Simply put – which student needs a positive phone call home? What parents need to be updated concerning their students’ grades or behavior? Since I filed all of my weekly reviews, it was an easy way to track parent contact.
Weekly Tasks (Sticky Note Method) + ANNUAL Big Picture
I tried this method for a few weeks, and I found that it wasn’t for me, but I do think if you are concise, then this is a worksheet for you. Elsie Larson, a blogger, shared that she writes down everything that she needs to get done on a sticky note each day. Anything longer would not actually get done. I attempted this, but I had to write so tiny (proving that teachers do so much!). This worksheet is my version of the sticky note method.
If you do not want your Flexi, planner, or ARC to become really thick with 12-month calendars, then this annual big picture page is for you. I would record school-wide testing dates, my birthday buddy, and field trip dates.
DON’t FORGET + Meeting Notes
As grade level chair, I meet with my grade level team every week about various cultural and logistical needs in sixth grade. Things would always pop into my brain that I needed to bring up to my team, but always in another meeting where it would have been inappropriate for me to open up my laptop and add it to my online agenda. This worksheet allowed me to keep those thoughts from being forgotten discreetly. Maybe you want to discuss something with your department head, but it is not worth writing an email, so on to the thought keeper it goes.
I don’t use this often, but maybe you will. I provided it in the freebie just in case. And I included blank pages without any of the titles, so you can edit to your heart’s content.
Use What Works
These planner printables are a la carte. Pick what you like, use what you need; do not feel like you need to use them all. What I like about these is that they are pretty flexible just like our needs.
Here is to a very organized 2020!