It’s that special time of year again! Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner launch time! This is an exciting time of year for other reasons too. One school year is coming to an end, and the next one is on the horizon. Will it be your first year teaching? Will it be your last? Will it be your best year ever? I sure hope so! This year’s Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner launches on May 22! Get a jump start on planning for next year by ordering on launch day!
If you’re new to Erin Condren teacher planners, I’m here to give you the run down. I have reviewed the teacher planners in 2015, 2016, 2017, and again last year in 2018 if you want to check out those reviews to see how the planner has evolved through the years. (It keeps getting better and better!) The lovely Samantha, from Erin Condren, was kind enough to send me this year’s planner and some accessories to preview and share with you all. (Thanks again Sam!) And just a warning, this post is very image-heavy!
Important details about this year’s planner:
- Launches May 22, 2019
- You select your cover and personalization (so many cover choices!) (I chose the Braided Beauty cover with my name)
- You choose your coil color from four color choices: platinum/silver, rose gold, gold, matte black (My coil is rose gold)
- You choose your calendar dates from the following options: July 2019 – June 2020 OR January 2020 – December 2020
- You can save $10.00 off your first Erin Condren purchase by signing up HERE! (*)
If you’re a regular Erin Condren customer, then you probably know that the Life Planner launched earlier in May and there were some pretty big changes made in terms of layout and colors of some of the planners. There are some who love the changes, and some who are struggling with the changes made. I am happy to tell you that not a whole lot has changed with the teacher planner, at least nothing that should disrupt your regular planning routine. Let’s do a run through of the planner itself.
While this year’s Life Planners have a kaleidoscope theming throughout, the teacher planner has a triangle overlay theme. The planner still has the wet erase inside cover. Remember, dry erase markers are not ideal for this cover. Wet erase markers work best. Erin Condren sells her own (which work great) and Vis-à-vis markers work as well. You can also use a sharpie marker and then clean it off with alcohol when you need to erase.
The first two pages are for classroom and school information, resources, websites and passwords you may want to write down, and a page for classroom volunteer contacts and event dates. I know these two pages aren’t super applicable to a homeschooler, but homeschooling parents are pretty creative in finding ways to make pages work for them by adding new headers or covering things up.
The next tab is your contact tab which contains two pages of a communication log. It has spaces for the date, name, and the third column says “Reason/Resolved.” I think it’s important for teachers to make regular contact with parents, especially positive contact, but we all know sometimes there are not so positive things we need to talk to parents about. I think it’s great to keep a record of all contact with parents (such as phone calls, emails, etc.) and to try to make positive contacts as often as possible. Maybe that means you select a student or two every week to send a positive note, email, or phone call to the parents. I think it would be wonderful if a few additional communication log pages were added. I know many secondary teachers (who teach multiple classes and can have up to a couple hundred students each school year) use these planners and I’m sure they, as well as elementary teachers, would appreciate a few extra pages.
The next tab is your year at a glance containing calendars for 2019-2020 for a quick reference. This comes in handy. These calendars could also be used for tracking breaks, days off, professional development days, events, and so much more. Simply highlight the dates, use stickers, or other writing tools to mark those days.
Following the year at a glance you have your year plan. There is a box for each month where you can write down unit topics, field trips and events, or other important dates. It could be used for pre-planning your month, or where you just record important information relating to the month.
The graph tab contains four grid pages followed by two lined pages. The grid pages are useful for planning out your classroom seating arrangements, taking notes, tracking things, or graphing some sort of student data.
The following page begins the first month of your planner. It starts off with two lined notes pages, one that has a box for dates to remember in the month. Student birthdays, holidays, and events could be listed here. This is very similar to the setup last year, but the headers at the top aren’t as tall.
The next tab begins your first month, which in my case, is the month of July 2019. The calendar is relatively unchanged from last year. It features many of the same design elements. One difference is that the monthly calendars, while dated, are empty of any holidays. I actually think this is a great idea. Many teachers from other countries purchase these planners, and I’m sure U.S. holiday dates aren’t useful for them. Don’t worry though, you can still include holidays in your planner. It will come with monthly stickers so you can mark the holidays that are relevant to you! (I show these later on in the post, but if you’ll notice July 4th on the calendar below is marked with one of the included stickers.)
Following the monthly calendar are the lesson plan pages. Each month still has it’s own color scheme. July is still that navy blue color, and on the lesson plan pages the colored boxes follow an ombre effect, with the blue getting lighter the further down the page you go. The lesson plan pages still include Monday – Friday and are dated for your convenience. The only real difference this year is that the far right column’s header is shaded in this year where last year it was white.
If you’re new to Erin Condren planners, know that each month has it’s own color scheme and that during weeks where the month changes, the color will also change as shown below.
In the back of the planner there is a checklist tab. This section is great for keeping attendance, grades, or tracking other things students may have to turn in to you. I counted 7 double spreads (14 pages total) of checklists. You only need to write your students’ names once. Simply snip off the name column off the other pages.
The planner still comes with fun stickers in the back and…the furlough stickers are gone (hooray!)!! If you’ve been around for a while, then you know at one point there were sooooo many furlough stickers included and in my part of the country, that just isn’t a term that’s used. There are several functional stickers included as well as some decorative ones, icons, and stickers for meetings, field trips, no school days, and more.
The folder in the back has been “fixed” (ha ha!) so that it is a full pocket on both the front and back side of the folder. This is where the monthly holiday stickers were tucked. Following the folder you have your clear page protector and the back wet erase cover.
There are some great accessories launching as well! There’s a brand new sticker book, a new planny pack, washi tape, a new snap in dashboard, and new snap in sticky notes!
The sticky notes feature the triangle overlay design and contain 140 sticky notes on a snap-in dashboard so you can pop them right into your planner. The washi tape is a two pack featuring the watercolor apples design. One tape is the colorful apples and the other is a white tape with gold foiled apples. These are actually washi tapes and not paper tape. I had a bit of trouble getting the white roll started, but once I got it going, both rolls stick down perfectly. Each roll is 16 feet in length. The planny pack features the lovely triangle design and is brightly colored with gold accents. It fits around the front cover of the planner, or around the entire planner if you prefer. It’s useful for holding pens, stickers, whatever you may need to have with you and your planner. You get three snap-in bookmarks in a pack featuring metallic accents and the watercolor apple design.
This year’s dashboard is one of the most functional ones that have been released so far in my opinion. It has boxes for each day of the week (including a split box for the weekend days), a box for before school tasks and one for after school tasks. The backside has six boxes with blank headers so you could label them however you want. I think this would work for not only elementary or secondary teachers but also homeschoolers or just planners in general. it’s very versatile.
This is the third classroom collection of stickers that Erin Condren has released. This book features 12 pages of colorful stickers. There are metallic stickers, motivational quotes, hand drawn calligraphy stickers and functional stickers. A couple of the pages are printed on a clear sticker paper so they have a see-through effect to them.
There is also this beauty! It’s the same size as the other Erin Condren petite planners (5.7″ x 8.25″), but it is a little notebook full of checklists! It’s like a mini gradebook! Of course, you don’t have to use this for grades, you could use it for so many things! It really is a cute little thing, and so handy! It fits in the folder in the back of the teacher lesson planner, and it also tucks nicely under the planny pack. The Petite Journal has 80 checklist pages.
I know the teacher planner isn’t for every teacher. I was required to turn in digital lesson plans, for example, so I emailed those in and then included a copy in my teacher planner. I used a template I created to type and print my plans and attach them into my planner (either with tape, glue, or a sticker/label sheet). If you’re required to submit digital plans and/or you aren’t required to keep lesson plans available on your desk, maybe the Life Planner would be a better fit for you. The kaleidoscope theme this year is amazing!! And for the first time ever, the Life Planner has a binder option and it is GORGEOUS!!
If you’re interested in the teacher lesson planner, remember, it launches on May 22. The Life Planner is available right now and is available in vertical, horizontal, and hourly layouts in both colorful and neutral color schemes, coiled or in the binder. If you’ve never shopped with Erin Condren before, you can click HERE to sign up and receive $10.00 off your first purchase. (The $10 code will be emailed to you shortly after signing up.) When your order ships, I also earn $10.00 too, so I appreciate that!
If you have any questions about the teacher planner (or life planner) feel free to comment below, and I’ll help you out with anything you may be wondering about. Whatever planner option you choose for yourself for next year, I hope it’s your best year ever!
*When you use my referral link to receive $10.00 off your first order, I receive a $10.00 Erin Condren credit when your order ships. By me helping you, you also help me, so thank you very much! Teacher Planner and accessories were sent to me by Samantha of Erin Condren.