As a teacher, your job is unique. You spend hours coming up with lessons that appeal to each student and their learning style. You arrive at work well before your students and leave long after they’ve left. You often tote homework home and correct it after your own children have gone to bed. You aren’t typically paid for these long hours of preparation, but you do it because you value your students, you value education, and you value a job well done. You also value your time. With a few planning tricks, you’ll be more effective with the time you have.
All of us stand on the shoulders of great teachers; so today we’re sharing some planner secrets just for you. Hopefully these suggestions will help your day run a bit more smoothly.
- Consider purchasing a July-start annual planner.
If your yearly planner starts in July, you can plan for each day of the school year—preparing for first-day jitters and last-day mayhem all in the same planner. You can plan holiday-related activities from Labor Day to Memorial Day without a break in the middle—so you can quickly reference each activity whenever you’d like.
- Use the Yearly Foldout Calendar.
If you haven’t discovered the Yearly Foldout Calendar, you’re in for a treat. This large calendar fits perfectly in your planner and folds out to reveal the entire year at a glance. It’s perfect for noting school breaks, holidays, plan deadlines, term cut-off dates, students’ birthdays, and anything else you’d like to remember.
- Take full advantage of Alphabetical Tabs.
Alphabetical Tabs are perfect for keeping notes sorted by students’ last names. Use them to document special accommodations for students, interactions with parents, notes from conversations with students such as deadline extensions, and more.
- Make quick guides with Multi-Color Pagefinders
You aren’t going to have the same teaching experience from class to class. Use colored page finders to separate notes for each class period so you’ll remember where you left off last time, and where to start tomorrow. If you teach multiple subjects, your Pagefinders can divide your notes from subject to subject.
- Discover Tabbed Divider Pockets.
Classic Tabbed Divider Pockets would serve the same purpose as above, but they also give you a convenient pocket for storage. They’re also a great way to divide your school-related notes from your home and personal notes. If you use them to separate your lesson plans, you’ll have a convenient place to store CDs, DVDs, photos, or other loose items that might be related to your subject.
- Expense Envelopes
Most teachers can’t go through the entire year without spending some of their own money for school supplies. Often those expenses are tax-deductible. An Expense Envelope is an ideal place to keep your school-related receipts because it has designated areas to keep detailed notes about each purchase. When tax time rolls around, you won’t have to struggle to remember what you spent or why you bought it.
What do you use to focus your plans on teaching?
This list only scratches the surface when it comes to ways to augment your planner for teaching. We’d love to hear from you teachers about how you organize your planner to suit your unique schedule. Please share them in the comments.
Thanks again for all you do for education.