Every excellent school year starts with an organized teacher—what better way to be organized than to have a teacher planner that encourages organization. We have researched numerous planners and have come up with the ten best teacher planners that promote organization and framework for an excellent school year 2020/2021.
Teacher planners at a glance
- Our Choice – Overall: Blue Sky 2020-2021 Academic Year Teacher Lesson Planner
- bloom daily planners Undated Academic Year Teacher Planner
- Eureka Blue Harmony Back to School Record and Lesson Planbook
- Carson-Dellosa Celebrate Learning Planner
- Erin Condren 12-Month 2020-2021 Rainbow Heart Teacher Lesson Planner
- Our Choice – Basic: Schoolgirl Style-Hello Sunshine Teacher Planner
- Elan Publishing Company 7 Period Teacher Lesson Plan (W101)
- Scholastic Teacher Coloring Planner
- Teacher’s Planner (Lesson Planner)
- Flexible Lesson Planning for Any Year
Our Top 10 Teacher Planners Reviewed
Through our research, we considered several options for a planner to make this list.
It had to have good customer reviews, lesson planning pages, have multiple sections, and help you stay organized.
We wanted the teacher planners to be useful and not overwhelming. It needed to have 40 weeks of lesson planning as that is the standard length of a school year and have versatility. We’ve included both basic planners and planners with all the bells and whistles.
Finding the perfect planner can be time-consuming, daunting, and overwhelming. However, we are confident that if you choose any planner on this list, you are choosing one of the best offered. We know you will find a favorite as we did!
- Our overall favorite planner is the Teacher’s Blue Sky 2020-2021 Academic Year Teacher Lesson Planner.
- Our favorite basic planner is Schoolgirl Style-Hello Sunshine Teacher Planner.
Offered in the old style and new style, this teacher planner offers seven sections of organizational bliss. Not only do you get a clear pocket cover, you get tabbed monthly calendars, weekly lesson planning pages, weekly activity schedule, and yearly overview calendars. A storage pocket and two bonus months adds to this handy teacher planner.
Blue Sky upped their game with this new style planner. A durable front pocket cover allows for extra storage or personalization. However, this pocket is not the standard 8.5 by 11, so sliding a piece of paper into it is difficult. We still love the fact you can slide family pictures, quotes, or sticky notes inside to make it more personal.
The weekly lesson planning pages can help you keep an outline of the day with Monday-Friday sections and then nine subject sections, which are great for specials teachers, special education teachers, or even small group instructors.
The preprinted dates are very beneficial, as it won’t take any time at all to get using your planner. There is no need to take time to write in all the dates with a chance of miscounting and having to start over. The preprinted dates also make it easier to add in school holidays, days off, and important events.
One of our favorite parts of this planner is the thickness of the pages. Whether you use PaperMate Flair Pens, Ball Point Pens, or pencil, the quality of paper is excellent. No chance of bleeding through to the next page.
One of the negative aspects of this teacher planner is the binding. The binding can get loose over time. The reason this happens is because the binding is more of a comb binding than a coil binding. Paying attention and being gentle with your planner should help prevent losing pages. Also, the old style planner often had printing and binding issues with dates out of order. However, the new style has not had this problem. We wish this planner were available in more design options. However, at this time, they only offer two, dots and stripes.
Twelve sections over more than 160 pages is what this planner has to offer. Undated monthly views plus 60 undated vertical weekly planning pages allow for daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly planning. Other sections include personal info page, substitute page, student info pages, contact logs, website logins page, field trip planning page, graph paper pages, student checklist/gradebook pages, important dates, birthday pages, and year in review page. There is a back pocket perfect for important papers or the free printable resources that you gain access to when you purchase this binder.
First things first, bloom daily planners is a very empowering company. Their mission is to empower women by writing down dreams and goals. This allows these women to take control of their days, giving them the strength to live a more fulfilled life. Their design for a teacher planner encourages teachers to do the same in their professional lives. Bloom daily planners take customer reviews and suggestions into account and redesign their planners. There is a back pocket on the planners now because of customer suggestions. This is a great company to support!
Feminine, inspiring, and organized are just three words that describe this academic teacher planner. Your coworkers will be jealous of this gorgeous planner. We love the inspiring teacher quotes that are on the monthly divider pages. The spiral, metal binding, and clear plastic cover are durable and last all year. We love the graph paper pages for creating seating charts and the link to free additional printables. Unlike the Blue Sky planner, this planner is undated, meaning you have to write in all of the dates. The Blue Sky planner has thicker pages for more durability. The paper in the bloom daily planner is the same thickness as normal printer paper (100 gsm).
A couple of downfalls of this planner include the planning pages and the paper. This planner claims to be versatile for any teacher regardless of the grade or subject they teach. However, with no lines to distinguish subjects/lessons, it is not ideal for upper grades or departmentalized subjects. The paper that makes up this planner doesn’t allow for the use of anything other than a pencil or basic pen; it is too thin. If you write with either of those, then you won’t see this as a downfall.
Available in 14 designs, Eureka has created a lesson planbook and gradebook in one. This Blue Harmony design includes 40 weeks of lesson planning pages and several other sections. Those sections include a note section, an emergency plans section, substitute teacher info, and a place for student birthdays. It is held together by a comb binding with simple, thick white pages. The seven subject planning boxes are lined and simple as well. The days are written across the top of a dual week layout, and it is undated to use any year.
If you seek a basic planbook, this is it. It is much simpler than the Blue Sky and bloom daily planners lesson planbooks. We love the combination of a full gradebook and lesson plan book. Convenience was thought out when creating this book. There are not a ton of extras on this book. There are no pockets and no monthly pages. This teacher planner is undated like the bloom daily planner. It is suitable for all grades, as there are seven different subjects or blocks boxes.
It is great for homeschooling or even tutoring as each subject box could be a different student. Eureka offers other classroom decor and supplies in this same Blue Harmony print. Another aspect of this Eureka planbook that we enjoy is that there are designs for the male teacher as well. Not all of the designs are feminine, unlike the blooms daily planner lesson planbook.
There are no downfalls to this lesson plan book. It is very basic but will get the job done.
Offering seven different sections, the Celebrate Learning Planner has 128 pages made from thick paper. The planning pages are organized with the days down the left side and the seven subjects along the top. The sections include a welcome page, communication log, notes pages, graph pages, a substitute information page, checklist pages, and a contacts and volunteers page.
It is simple, undated, and well organized. The slim design encourages easy transporting to and from school. We love the practical features and sections of this planner. Our favorite component is the stickers that come with it. The stickers include tab names, accents, and to-do list stickers. This will keep your planner organized. This planner is very similar to the Eureka Blue Harmony Planner; however, one difference they have is the organization of the lesson planning pages. The days are down the left on this planner instead of along the top. Much like Eureka, Carson-Dellosa offers other classroom decor and supplies to match the planner to make a more cohesive classroom theme.
One negative aspect of this planner is that we worry about the durability of this planner. The cover is a thick cardboard.
This 12 month dated planner starts in August 2020 and goes to July 2021. This teacher planner has an interchangeable cover, eight sections, and a total of 210 pages. It also offers a “Keep It Together” folder, a sheet protector, snap-in bookmarks and sticky notes. It is made with a platinum coil binder and 80# mohawk paper.
This teacher planner is a high-quality planner. It is very functional and is periodically redesigned based on customer feedback. This planner allows customization and personalization. It comes with four sheets of stickers, which will add a pop of color and more organization capabilities. You can also purchase more stickers and organization components for an additional price. The front cover is capable of being written on with a dry erase marker, which is great for teachers during staff meetings. It could be used to write a to-do list or important things to remember. Our only negative thought about this planner is that it is bulkier than the rest of the planners on this list. We like all the features of this planner, but it comes with the cost of having a bulkier planner.
Another slim design planner with 128 pages divided into five sections. The days of the week are along the left side of the planning pages with the seven subjects at the top. It is undated, has full monthly calendars, and is spiral bound. There are checklist pages as well as substitute note pages.
This is probably our least favorite planner on the list because it lacks so many components the other planners have. However, it is still a great planner. It is colorful and offers 46 stickers for organization, reminders, and tabs. We enjoy the goal-setting section on the monthly pages and then the steps to complete those goals on the weekly sections. It is beneficial not only to be able to set goals within your planner but also to have an action plan to complete them. Much like the Eureka Blue Harmony planner, and the Carson-Dellosa Celebrate Planner, it is undated. It is a very basic planner that will help keep your school year organized and the lessons flowing.
This planner is the definition of a basic planner. With a durable, leatherette cover and spiral binding, this planner offers 40 weeks of undated planning pages. The five days of the week are across the top with seven periods down the left side. It has a daily schedule, seating charts, student checklists, ten spaces for comprehensive planning, emergency procedures, and a place for important phone numbers. There is an “At-A-Glance” school year section for a calendar of events.
This basic, undated planner is perfect for middle school or high school teachers. The days are marked across the top, and the periods are down the side, and instead of saying “subject” like the other planners on this list, this planner says “period.” If you are a self-contained teacher, this planner would still work for you, however you would have to mark out periods and write subjects.
This teacher planner has a very generic cover with no flowery frill on the pages like the Erin Condren and bloom daily planners planbooks. One downfall of this planner is that the “At-A-Glance” section begins in September. Most schools start in August, so there is no place to write those special events and dates to remember.
Held together by a plastic, coil binding, this planner offers eight sections for organization. These sections include all about me, student information, birthday, holidays and special dates, weekly lesson planning, monthly calendars, and coloring pages. The student information section gives you a place to write the student, their parent/guardian, address, phone/email, and any notes. It is an undated planner made from a thinner paper. The lesson planning pages are formatted with the dates down the left side and seven subjects across the top. The back cover includes a built-in pocket and is made of laminated cardstock.
This planner is in the middle between basic and having all the bells and whistles. It offers daily lesson planning pages and monthly calendars, but it also offers pages to be colored. If you need something to do during professional development sessions or staff meetings, this planner would be perfect because you can color as you learn the newest trends in education. We love the holidays and special dates sections because your major holidays are already filled in with room to write in school dates.
One downfall of this planner is the thin pages. Markers bleed through the pages. To color, we suggest colored pencils. A normal ballpoint pen would not bleed through the pages, but anything heavier could. We wished this planner was formatted a little differently with the monthly layout right before four weeks of lesson planning to prevent flipping between the two sections. This planner is perfect for elementary teachers.
Another aspect of this planner we love is the “All About Me” Section. It contains spaces for usernames and passwords for websites.
9. Teacher’s Planner (Lesson Planner)
This planner is like having your teaching assistant. It is the most straightforward and neat teacher planner on our list. Softback flex cover and wire-o binding allow the planner to lay flat, which makes writing easy. It has weekly lesson planning pages for 45 weeks and up to 7 classes with 35 students per class.
This planner is perfect for school and homeschool use. It has a blank calendar section which is perfect for classes and activities outside the normal curriculum.
We love the size and the softback flex cover. It makes it easy to transport it to school and back in any bag without getting damaged.
What we love most about this planner is that it has all the necessary pages and not more. Many planners come with a lot of extra pages, which is great for some, but others just need the planner to be simple. Undated blank pages are ideal for putting on your date.
This ingeniously designed teacher planner brings order to your classroom chaos. It comes with a student roster, parent contact information, and weekly and monthly lesson plans. Perfect for teachers at school and home, it gives space for about six subjects. One less than the Teacher’s Planner on our list before.
It includes a teacher’s pet, which makes it easy to carry in your bag with you anywhere.
This planner has tons of room for putting down ideas, notes, and comments. Once you got familiar with the structure of this planner, it will be a big help to organize your students and activities.
We like that it gives you a whole month overview and also pages to plan each week of that month. It comes with a student information page at the beginning of the planner, which is very helpful for teachers with many students. It even includes their birthday dates.
A Buyer’s Guide for Your Teacher Planner
When looking to purchase a teacher planner, it is important to consider many components of the planner to ensure it has everything you want and need. The components 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 key point of a teacher planner being organization, we want the planners to have sections to have all the important 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 important. 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.
Purchasing the most useful teacher planner is important as it could set the tone for your whole school year. Being organized and having a reliable planner will help you have an amazing year. Finding the perfect teacher planner seems like a daunting task; however, with our list of the top eight teacher planners, it is now easy. Find the perfect planner on Amazon or download a free weekly lesson plan template, and have a great school year!