Create a List

List Name

Rename this List
Save to
Back to the Top Teaching Blog
May 15, 2017

NEW Scholastic Teacher Planner Reveal

By Lindsey Petlak
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Teachers love planners. We just LOVE them. Personal planners, teacher planners, planner accessories — you name it — we tend to be obsessed with all-things-planner-related.

    In my 15 years as an educator, I feel like I've tried them all: free planners from local teacher stores, expensive designer planners, printable planners, self-created planners, and digital planners. A few years ago, I switched over to digital planners completely because it made sharing with colleagues, substitute teachers, and administrators easier, but something was missing. I found very quickly, that while the digital planners have their benefits (and I still use them), I truly needed a physical paper planner for teacher prep. Now I use a combination of both and finally feel satisfied with my lesson prep system.

    I'™m excited to announce that Scholastic has (once again) asked for teacher opinions, listened, and created a solution to educator needs. Introducing . . . Scholastic Teacher Planners, available in two fun designs: inspirational quotes and coloring! Take a peek at my video tour of my favorite features found in these planners and then check out more details about each feature below. I know you'™ll fall in love with these practical and pretty planners as much as I did!

      

    TWO BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS: We love choices, and Scholastic Teacher Planners come in two different cool designs to fit your personal preference: inspirational quotes and coloring. These designs can be seen on the covers and as page dividers between sections and months (featuring either a colorful quote or a page you can color).

      

     

    DURABILITY: Planners are something we teachers use daily, schlep between school and home on both weekdays and weekends, and take a beating from general classroom use, so they must be sturdy.

    Scholastic Teacher Planners have the following durable features that, in my opinion, make them ultra-valuable:

    • COVERS: heavy cardstock, laminated, spiral-bound
    • METAL COIL BINDING: heavy-duty, durable, metal coil prevents bending and breaking
    • MONTHLY TABS: colorful, labeled, laminated for frequent use and easy access
    • LAMINATED POCKET FOLDER: tear-resistant and perfect for copies, schedules, and printed lists

     

    ALL ABOUT ME PAGE: As organized as I attempt to be, I always seem to misplace details like general teacher information (school address, fax, phone, etc.), my plethora of logins and passwords, and resource lists (personal, classroom, district). I must not be the only one (please raise your hand if you do the same!), because Scholastic has included a page right in the front cover of their planners where you can house ALL of this information and turn to it quickly every time you need to.

    MONTHLY CALENDAR SPREADS: Monthly blank calendars are easily accessible using the labeled, laminated tabs, and the inspirational quote or coloring page separating each month are little treats to get you excited for the month ahead. For each month, you'™ll see a blank calendar where you can add in the dates (seven days/week for the full month). There is enough space for each date to mark student birthdays, meetings, classroom events, deadlines, and more. I also love the notes sidebar, perfect for jotting down to-do lists, goals, reminders, and more every month.

    WEEKLY LESSON PLANS: While many teachers are required to write detailed lesson plans that may involve an online planner or other digital documentation, I have found weekly spreads to be invaluable. In the Scholastic Teacher Planners, each weekly spread includes the school week number, sections for times and subjects, days/dates, and space for planning notes. This landscape is perfect for quickly laying out your week; pre-planning your activities, lessons, and centers by day and subject; adding in meeting reminders; and flexibly changing plans (because we know that happens daily).

    TIPS and TRICKS: Over the years, I've picked up tons of tips and tricks for best utilizing my planners and wanted to share a few so that you can make the most of these Scholastic Teacher Planners:

    • Write your lesson notes in pencil or erasable pen. That way you can easily change plans, which is typically needed daily, no matter how organized you are!
    • For repeated schedule occurrences (specials, meetings, breaks) print out those recurring events on miniature return address labels. So when you set up your weekly planning pages, you just pull off those event stickers and slap them on your weekly spread. I color-code mind for easy reference (PE: purple, ART: red, etc.)
    • Keep track of what you don'™t get finished each day by reviewing and highlighting those items at the end of each day. This makes it easy to track and reschedule. Add those unfinished highlighted items to the weekly/monthly notes sections.
    • Use large binder clips to clamp together sections already used (like previous weekly plans) for easy flipping to the exact week you'™re planning for.

    ACCESSORIZE: One reasons teachers love planners so much is because of all the fun accessories now available! We're suckers for office and craft supplies, and those two worlds collide in an awesome way when it comes to contemporary teacher plan books. See a few of my favorite planner accessories below:

    • Subject, holiday, and other recurring schedule sticker labels
    • Colorful binder clips
    • Stickers and washi tape
    • Decorative, heavy duty paper clips
    • Elastic hair bands to wrap around the outside of your planner to keep it closed.
    • Favorite pens, pencils, markers, highlighters

    Teachers love planners. We just LOVE them. Personal planners, teacher planners, planner accessories — you name it — we tend to be obsessed with all-things-planner-related.

    In my 15 years as an educator, I feel like I've tried them all: free planners from local teacher stores, expensive designer planners, printable planners, self-created planners, and digital planners. A few years ago, I switched over to digital planners completely because it made sharing with colleagues, substitute teachers, and administrators easier, but something was missing. I found very quickly, that while the digital planners have their benefits (and I still use them), I truly needed a physical paper planner for teacher prep. Now I use a combination of both and finally feel satisfied with my lesson prep system.

    I'™m excited to announce that Scholastic has (once again) asked for teacher opinions, listened, and created a solution to educator needs. Introducing . . . Scholastic Teacher Planners, available in two fun designs: inspirational quotes and coloring! Take a peek at my video tour of my favorite features found in these planners and then check out more details about each feature below. I know you'™ll fall in love with these practical and pretty planners as much as I did!

      

    TWO BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS: We love choices, and Scholastic Teacher Planners come in two different cool designs to fit your personal preference: inspirational quotes and coloring. These designs can be seen on the covers and as page dividers between sections and months (featuring either a colorful quote or a page you can color).

      

     

    DURABILITY: Planners are something we teachers use daily, schlep between school and home on both weekdays and weekends, and take a beating from general classroom use, so they must be sturdy.

    Scholastic Teacher Planners have the following durable features that, in my opinion, make them ultra-valuable:

    • COVERS: heavy cardstock, laminated, spiral-bound
    • METAL COIL BINDING: heavy-duty, durable, metal coil prevents bending and breaking
    • MONTHLY TABS: colorful, labeled, laminated for frequent use and easy access
    • LAMINATED POCKET FOLDER: tear-resistant and perfect for copies, schedules, and printed lists

     

    ALL ABOUT ME PAGE: As organized as I attempt to be, I always seem to misplace details like general teacher information (school address, fax, phone, etc.), my plethora of logins and passwords, and resource lists (personal, classroom, district). I must not be the only one (please raise your hand if you do the same!), because Scholastic has included a page right in the front cover of their planners where you can house ALL of this information and turn to it quickly every time you need to.

    MONTHLY CALENDAR SPREADS: Monthly blank calendars are easily accessible using the labeled, laminated tabs, and the inspirational quote or coloring page separating each month are little treats to get you excited for the month ahead. For each month, you'™ll see a blank calendar where you can add in the dates (seven days/week for the full month). There is enough space for each date to mark student birthdays, meetings, classroom events, deadlines, and more. I also love the notes sidebar, perfect for jotting down to-do lists, goals, reminders, and more every month.

    WEEKLY LESSON PLANS: While many teachers are required to write detailed lesson plans that may involve an online planner or other digital documentation, I have found weekly spreads to be invaluable. In the Scholastic Teacher Planners, each weekly spread includes the school week number, sections for times and subjects, days/dates, and space for planning notes. This landscape is perfect for quickly laying out your week; pre-planning your activities, lessons, and centers by day and subject; adding in meeting reminders; and flexibly changing plans (because we know that happens daily).

    TIPS and TRICKS: Over the years, I've picked up tons of tips and tricks for best utilizing my planners and wanted to share a few so that you can make the most of these Scholastic Teacher Planners:

    • Write your lesson notes in pencil or erasable pen. That way you can easily change plans, which is typically needed daily, no matter how organized you are!
    • For repeated schedule occurrences (specials, meetings, breaks) print out those recurring events on miniature return address labels. So when you set up your weekly planning pages, you just pull off those event stickers and slap them on your weekly spread. I color-code mind for easy reference (PE: purple, ART: red, etc.)
    • Keep track of what you don'™t get finished each day by reviewing and highlighting those items at the end of each day. This makes it easy to track and reschedule. Add those unfinished highlighted items to the weekly/monthly notes sections.
    • Use large binder clips to clamp together sections already used (like previous weekly plans) for easy flipping to the exact week you'™re planning for.

    ACCESSORIZE: One reasons teachers love planners so much is because of all the fun accessories now available! We're suckers for office and craft supplies, and those two worlds collide in an awesome way when it comes to contemporary teacher plan books. See a few of my favorite planner accessories below:

    • Subject, holiday, and other recurring schedule sticker labels
    • Colorful binder clips
    • Stickers and washi tape
    • Decorative, heavy duty paper clips
    • Elastic hair bands to wrap around the outside of your planner to keep it closed.
    • Favorite pens, pencils, markers, highlighters
Comments

Share your ideas about this article

Lindsey's Most Recent Posts
Blog Post
Super Silly Seasonal STEM

Get directions and tips for this super silly seasonal STEM project inspired by the holiday classic, Home Alone.

By Lindsey Petlak
December 14, 2016
Blog Post
Frightful Factors Math Practice

Avoid Halloween havoc with this fun, engaging skeleton-themed math factors practice!

By Lindsey Petlak
October 20, 2016
Blog Post
3 Ways to Boost Back-to-School Spirit

Raise school spirit to a new level with my three favorite back-to-school treats for colleagues and teammates!

By Lindsey Petlak
August 26, 2016
Blog Post
Sign Up for Scholastic's Teacher Newsletter

Sign up for Scholastic's Teacher Newsletter to get lessons, timely activities, grab-and-go printables, and book-based teaching ideas delivered to you every month in the school year!

By Lindsey Petlak
June 16, 2016
My Scholastic

Susan Cheyney

GRADES: 1-2
About Us