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 three components and how to use a teacher planner to get the most out of it.
The Teacher Planner Sections
With the critical point of a teacher planner being organization, we want the planners 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 and 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 with quite a few options and has everything in one place, then a more in-depth planner is what you should purchase.
Dated and Undated Teacher Planners
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. Academic planners usually start with the school year in July/August, while a normal planner starts with the new year. A homeschool planner is usually a regular planner, as homeschool does not necessarily follow the academic calendar. 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 that you won’t have to take time to fill in the dates.
The Paper Quality of A Teacher Planner
Nothing is worse than filling in lesson plans on one page and not using 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 thinner paper will work for you. However, you must be careful with thinner paper because you don’t want it to rip when being erased or torn out easily. You can also go completely paperless and get a digital lesson planner.