When looking to purchase a teacher planner, it is essential to consider many components of the planner to ensure it has everything you want and need. The features we looked for included sections, how it was dated, and paper quality. Below is our take on these components.
What sections does the planner offer?
With the critical point of a teacher planner being organization, we want the planners to have sections to have all the essential information in one area. Planners need a place to plan lessons. Other useful sections include substitute information, student checklists, monthly calendars, and emergency procedures. The student checklist sections allow you to keep track of attendance, grades, or even homework completion.
The monthly calendars are important because it gives you a place to write important dates as well as culminating planning. The planner you choose should include sections you will use and find necessary. If you want just a book to write lessons in, then a more basic book is what you should purchase. If you want one that has quite a few options and has everything in one place, then a more in-depth planner is what you should purchase.
How is the planner dated?
Planners come with two types of dating, either dated or undated. A dated planner already has the dates printed on the lesson planning pages and the calendars. This planner is good only for the year the dates are written in. An undated planner requires you to write the dates on the lesson planning pages and the calendars. This type of planner can be used any year because you do the dating.
How the planner is dated is all about personal preference, time, and use. If you have time and prefer to write the dates in, then an undated planner is for you. If you plan to use the planner partially, then you could use an undated planner, and then you have the parts you didn’t use for the next year. A benefit of a dated planner is the fact you won’t have to take time to fill in the dates.
What is the paper quality?
Nothing is worse than filling in lesson plans on one page and not being able to use the next page because the ink bled through the paper. A thick paper is ideal and will allow you to write with any writing utensil. If you write with a pencil, then a thinner paper will work for you. However, you must be careful with a thinner paper because you don’t want it to rip when being erased or torn out easily.