June 16, 2021

School Year 21-22 Planner

Absolutely no one is ready to see school supplies out and about (me included!) but I did order myself a planner a few weeks ago because I know these can easily end up on back order. 

I decided some time in the middle of last school year that I would just buy myself the holy grail of teacher planners if I had my own classroom again in the fall of 2021. You see, finding a planning style when you're teaching is just as complicated as finding a planning style for day-to-day life. While I find that a calendar and a to-do list works best for me when I'm at home (instead of a book planner) , having one book to keep everything together is much more efficient in the classroom. I cannot count the number of times I've changed up my planning style mid-year, just to make myself feel like I had a better handle on things. 

While actual lesson plans need to be typed up, detailed, and handed in, keeping the framework and the important dates ready for when I am planning is the key. 

All this to say that the Erin Condren teacher planner should help me do this. While it's a little bulky, it has everything in it that I would need so it's just carrying one book back and forth. Plus, it's already done for me. I've spent lots of time over the years developing cute spreadsheets and charts and templates. The amount of energy that takes is hard. I just want to make this easy for myself. (I mentioned on Monday that I learned a lot in 2020-2021 when it came to teaching and I really was able to hone the craft if we're being honest. A goal for 2021-2022 is to focus on the teaching and not on the set-up. I tend to get super sucked into "set up" because I like to make things as functional as possible.)

And all of the stickers that I will likely never use :)

And the nice thing about this style of Erin Condren planners is that they are full-size, 8 1/2x11, so the pocket in the back fits any old sheet of paper. I would find it really hard to justify this size of planner for anything but teaching or homeschooling. It's not a thing you would just carry about in a tote bag for fun. 

I can't speak to it's efficiency yet, but this is the one I got. It looks promising so far!

Linking up with Keeping It Together


  1. Love it!!!
    I love all the checklists - I actually wanted that to use as a habit tracker sort of thing.
    I love your cover too!

  2. Oh yay, thanks for linking up!! I've never seen the teacher planner for Erin Condren but I've heard great things about their planners in general so I think it will be a good fit!! I'd love to hear more on how it works for you once the school year starts.


  3. No matter how many times I try to walk away... I love planners. I used an EC back in... 2016 and I liked it. They're definitely bulky but they're also laid out and large enough to actually write in, which is a plus. And I'm 100% with you on getting bogged down in the set up.


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