It’s the most wonderful tiiiiiiime of the planner year! LAUNCH!
While many of us are waiting for the Erin Condren LifePlanner to be released, the Teacher Lesson Planners are just about HERE! I am not a teacher, but I do have three elementary-aged kids and I volunteer often at their school, so I use this planner in my own way.
With an early release to EC Insiders on 4/13 and a general release on 4/14, you have plenty of time to make your choice – but it’s going to be HARD! There are three beautiful options this year, and I’m so excited to walk you through them all!
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The first version available is the classic coiled Teacher Lesson Planner.
The coiled Teacher Lesson Planner starts at $55, and if options are like previous years, you’ll be able to choose the color of your coil (platinum, gold, or rose gold. I have gold here). The inside will feature this retro design pictured above, OR the kaleidoscope design – your choice!
The inside opens up to a laminated inside cover (perfect for wet erase markers) and spot for your name. I always add my phone number there, too.
The next spread is the information overview. The “all about me” page is a great place to keep resources you need at your fingertips, and the “events and volunteers” page is helpful if you have room reps, chaperones, guest speakers, or tutors whose contact information you’d like to keep nearby.
Flip the page and you’ll be at the Communication Log. Although many schools have a documentation process for parent/student communication, you may like to have it written down as well. Alternatively, this would also be a GREAT place to track newsletters or special event information emails to your students’ families.
The Year at a Glance spread is ALWAYS one of my favorites. In my Erin Condren LifePlanner, I use this section to mark the start and end of the term, days off of school, special events, and early or late dismissals. I use transparent dots on top of the dates, and I reference this spread ALL the time.
The next page is the annual overview. If you’re a teacher, this is a great place to put learning objectives, units, standards or events. As a room rep and teacher appreciation chair, I use this to note special events for the school and classrooms.
You have 4 pages (2 spreads) of graph paper next. Classroom layout, achievement charts, seating plans can all go here.
The next spread is lined paper that is not specific to any month. I use these in planning meetings for the school year.
That’s the last of the beginning section. Next up is the lined spread that leads into your first month! I LOVE these pages for planning. Each month has a spread like this before the calendar view.
Flip the tab and you arrive at the monthly layout! I keep events in the monthly layout, but I also use this for my own deadlines (when to ask for volunteers, when to set a theme for class parties, when to make sure I have all supplies ready for an activity, etc).
Up next is the weekly layout! Each day is horizontal, with six sections up top which can be used for subject, period, or in my case if you’re teaching your kids at home during a national shelter-in-place order, your kids’ names. 😉 Nice sidebar for anything that doesn’t belong to a day or a subject/period/kid.
The following pages are the rest of the weeks of that month, ending with one more notes spread.
This pattern continues through the end of the school year: notes, monthly layout, weekly pages, notes, then repeat. The very last page before the next section is another notes page, which is perfect for end of year planning.
Checklists come next! 14 full spreads of checklist pages. These work for everything from attendance to grading, but as a room rep, I use these to track teacher gifts, party volunteer signups, and special event participation.
There’s also a little line you can use as a guide to fold or cut the name section off if you’re just using the same names over and over so you don’t have to keep writing.
After the checklist pages, there are four sheets of sticker pages – my favorite!
These event stickers are my favorite version from EC – I love that the darker side is blank so you can write in a time!
Behind the stickers is a coiled-in folder.
In the very back are two plastic sleeves.
Instead of writing holidays in this planner, Erin Condren includes date stickers so you can customize your holidays.
I love that these sheets are included!
NEXT UP: The Binder!
The guts from the coil-bound book are instead 3-hole punched to fit inside this standard-sized binder. The guts of the planner are exactly the same, minus the stickers and with half of the checklist pages in the back, but FAR more customizable in terms of what you can add.
This is a new VERY exciting addition to the Teacher Lesson Planner line-up, particularly because it is a standard 3-hole punch. I won’t walk you through the guts again because it’s the same as the coil-bound, but this is what it looks like laid open. HEART EYES.
Oh, you want to pop a page out to plan without the rings in the way? NO PROBLEM.
SO nice. (These markers aren’t new, but they’re a great add-on if you like to color-code because they’re dual-tip and the most fun colors!)
I LOVE that this binder is a standard 3-hole punch. I grabbed some filler paper to show how it lines up with the guts of the planner.
The binder has a soft feel to it, similar to the old hardbound journals, if you remember them. This is what the binder and coiled planner look like together.
Last but not least is the softbound Focused Teacher Planner!
The Focused Collection was released last year for planners who prefer a more streamlined, simple aesthetic and they just added the Teacher Planner to that line!
The embossing on the front is SUCH a beautiful touch.
The inside is beautifully simple and understated.
The format is the same as the coiled and binder planners, but in the Focused Planner style. These are the “all about me” and “events and volunteers” pages.
Like the other books, there is a communication log here, too!
The year at a glance is next:
Followed by the annual planning layout:
After those pages are a set of graphing pages:
The next spread is the notes page that precedes the month. This is repeated throughout the planner like the other books.
And of course, the monthly layout!
The real star of this show is the weekly layout! So simple and clean.
Lined pages round up the book after the weeks are finished.
The last section of this one are the student checklist pages.
I love that this softbound includes two bookmark ribbons.
So many beautiful, fun options this year!
There are also some new, fun accessories launching that I would buy even though I’m not a teacher. Since I have school-aged kids, I LOVE using the school stickers to note their school activities!
The dual-tip markers are not new – but always a favorite!
The tiny snap-in bookmarks come in a set of three and there are several sets to choose from!
The snap-in sticky notes are a big favorite in my house, because I use them to pre-plan before I dive into a new week. I always like to see the sticky notes in action, so I put them into the weekly layout!
The sticker books are always my favorite releases behind the planners themselves. Here’s a look at every page in this book! I have a favorite – can you guess?
If you guessed this page, you’re right! THESE GLOBES!
On to the rest…
SO much fun to look through all of these things. I’d LOVE to know which one you like best! Leave a comment here or head over to instagram to leave a note on my post!
Thank you so much for reading!
Thanks Jen! Decisions decisions! Hard to choose. I was wondering if they were going to have luxe permanent covers again. Have you heard anything about that?
Hi! I have not, but I will try to find out!
Hello! Thank you so much for this post, I’m so excited yet have to decide which one I want to use now. You mentioned that you aren’t a teacher but use this planner anyway, do you examples of the way you use it posted anywhere?
Hi! Yes! Here is my blog post with details: https://jenplans.com/teaching-at-home-when-school-is-closed/, and I also have a youtube video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNTYzlblvng&t=785s Thank you for reading!