Sunday, August 31, 2014

Teacher Planner - DIY

Detailed Binder set-up video

After looking at several planners available for teachers, I came to the realization that it would be easier to just create my own. There are a lot of amazing lesson plan binders out there as well as printables for teachers, but I could never find one that would house everything I wanted to have in one place.

I opted for the mini 3 ring binder.  I have used full sized binders in the past, but as my main teaching planner, they would become too heavy for me to carry back and forth between home and school.  I now have a comprehensive planner I can use daily and transport with ease.  

Using Power Point, I changed the paper size to 8.5 x 5.5, which is 1/2 of a sheet of letter sized paper.  I reworked my forms and lesson plan templates to fit on these smaller pages. 

Section 1: Business

1) In this section I have a calendar spread of a school year on 2 pages where I plan on keeping track of my absences, professional development and per session work. 
2) Seating Chart
3) Parent phone #'s
4) Parent Call Log
5) Parent Communication Form

Section 2: Calendar

1) Monthly Calendar
2) Undated Weekly Planner
3) Section for notes and to do's

Section 3: Lesson Plans

I created a two sided generic template to use for more detailed planning if necessary.

Section 4: Assessment

1) Homework Log where I keep track of the assignments I give out.
2) Grade tracker where I track the homework, classwork, tests, quizzes, and projects.
(Each marking period is a different color)

Section 5: Standards

Using the common core standards, I created a tracker to help me to monitor the students' progression through the different standards.

In the very back of the binder, I have sheet protectors which contain conference sheets, and daily assessment sheets.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time...

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  1. Love this! Could you do a tutorial in how you make these? Or would you consider sharing?

    1. I made these on Microsoft Office in the Power point section. I changed the page size and then printed out on half of a regular sized paper. Unfortunately, the computer that I made these on crashed. I am making a whole new set for the new school year. I will be selling them in an etsy shop over the summer. Since you were my first comment, I would be happy to send them to you if you are willing to wait until they are complete.

  2. When is your new planner coming out for the 2016-2017 school year. I have watched many teacher planner videos on you tube and I'm in love with your setup. I have watched your video many times. You did a great job on your planner and I can't wait to use it in my classroom. My mini binder is all ready!

  3. Hi Nancy Jean. I am actually working on my new setup now. I am hoping to have it up in my Etsy shop in May.