My Planner - and a giveaway!

This is the 2nd year in a row that I'll be using a lesson planner from my friend April at A Modern Teacher!
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Last year I went with The Chevron Chic Teacher Binder

This year, I decided to go with the Happy Day planner


April gives you two options: a PDF that you can print out and hand-write on or a PowerPoint file that you can type in text boxes to personalize.  I decided to personalize mine with fun fonts.  Did you know that you can use Hello Fonts and KG Fonts free for personal and non-commercial use?  You only need to buy the licenses if you plan to sell your original creations.  How cool is that?

Here is the front of my planner.  I started with a pretty blue binder from OfficeMax.  I used HelloWoohoo to type my name on the cover.

Here is the inside.  I bought a Post-It Pocket for the front of my binder.  I put some direction cards from Miss Kindergarten inside that I want to remember to bring to school!

Here is the front page with all my new info typed in.  I also have a Post-It Insert.

Here is my first section: Student Info.  I will keep my class list, student and parent information, and anything about my class that I want to keep on hand (i.e. not lose!)

I used these printable, sticky tabs on my laminated section covers instead of dividers.  I then reused some plastic binder pockets from my planner last year.  

 I already typed up my school supply check-in sheet for the first day!

My second section is School Info.  Here I will keep notes from my principal, staff meeting agendas, master schedules, anything related to my school building that I need to keep for the year.

My third section is Standards.  I included April's math and ELA CCSS standards that came with the planner, as well as my Hawaii State Standards sheets that I shared last year.

The fourth section is my Calendar.  I printed out a yearly calendar that April included in the planner in black and white to save on ink.  This will help me plan IEP meetings, PLC time, even ballet and karate for my own kids.

This is a Classroom Events page that April created.  It should help keep me on track!

The last section is my Weekly Plans.  I haven't printed them out yet because I haven't seen the bell schedule for this year yet and I'm not too sure what my daily schedule will be yet.  When I do get it all figured out, I'll print out 1 copy, then make more on the school's copy machine, to save ink.  I'm a huge fan of typing in everything I can on my lesson plans (weekly library time, recess, lunch, etc) so I don't have to hand write as much each week.  It makes planning a breeze! 

I even put a sticky pencil holder on the back of the binder!

Now that I've shown you my planning binder, you have a chance to win one of your own! Good luck!


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43 comments

  1. Aloha! Thank you so much! I would LOVE to own this Nautical Bundle!! ThePaperPumpkin@aol.com http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teacher-Binder-Planner-Organizer-BUNDLE-Nautical-Editable-wCCSS-1279487

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  2. This planner looks great! I really need a new planner and would probably pick Happy Day. Thank for the chance to win one. Becky.Fraser@hflcsd.org

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  3. It's always helpful to see how others organize their school life! Thank you for sharing your ideas! The Happy Day planner is super cute & thanks for the tips on the fonts!

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  4. I love these planners. I created a somewhat similar binder but I really like all the additional planning tools. Since I am in a self-contained classroom this year, this would be extremely helpful, functional and is adorable! I'd pick either the anchor or chevron!

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  5. I love the grey bundle with the pom poms (let's be honest, I love love them all). Thanks for sharing how you organised your binder. I especially like your idea of having a calendar and a classroom calendar, definitely want to use that idea.
    Becky

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  6. They are all cute, but I love the polka dots one!

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  7. I would choose the Happy Day planner as well! :)

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  8. Chalkboard is the perfect match for me this year :)
    New Adventures in Elementary

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  9. that is super cute. can you come organize for me please..

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  10. Love the nautical....or was it the polka dot? Gold? Grey? Ugh! Oh Happy Day.....I think I'll stick with....
    mrsrastin@rogers.com

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  11. I am doing a grey, turquoise and lime green chevron theme this year, so any chevron planner would be great! bjesmalley@yahoo.com

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  12. I love the owl version. Especially the different covers.

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  13. OH how I still love chalkboard. Your creativity inspires me!

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  14. I love the chevron version!

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  15. They are all so cute but I really like the Owl and the Happy ones!!! terrilefler@shaw.ca

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  16. Love them all but I think i would choose the grey bundle. Thanks!

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  17. I love the Happy Day planner, too!! :)

    Breanne
    breannesimons@gmail.com

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  18. Too hard to decide:) I seriously looked at them for 20 minutes:) Love all of them:) But, I think I would LOVE Teacher Binder (Planner & Organizer BUNDLE -Polka Dots Editable w/CCSS :) :) :) Thanks!

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  19. Thank you for letting me in on some fun here on the blog! Your personal touches are AMAZING!!! ~April

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  20. would love to win the owl planner!! thanks also for showing how you put yours together - lots of great ideas. also appreciate your reposting the hawaii state standards sheets - i will be changing grade levels next year so i needed to print the gr. 2 version. i know that i will be referring to them constantly! lorinademello@hotmail.com

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  21. I like the Happy Day because everyone needs a little happiness in every day!

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  22. I would choose either Owls of Chevron!

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  23. I would choose the chalkboard, the owls, or chevron.

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  24. It's a toss up between Happy Day and Chalkboard. I love all the bright colors!
    Lisa
    schmidlj@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

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  25. I absolutely love the look of the Chalkboard bundle

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  26. Love the Owl and Happy Days Planner!

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  27. My family is a sailing family, so I love the nautical. But the name Happy Days just lifts my heart!

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  28. I Love the Happy Days and the Owls. Both are super cute, it's hard to choose between the two!

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  29. I would pick the Chevron pattern for sure! It is adorable and the colors are so cute!
    Kayla
    The Chalkboard Garden

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  30. These are awesome! As a newer teacher, I would be happy to have any of them! :)
    Teachingtochangelives@gmail.com

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  31. This is great! I will have to find the pencil holder, I'm always setting my pencil down or giving it to a student by mistake.

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  32. This is right up my alley! I hope I win. I would pick the Happy Days pattern as I think it would make me happy everyday!

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  33. I love them all but it would be between the owl and the nautical. :)

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  34. Love the Happy Days pattern!

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  35. This is a fantastic tool to keep important things organized and the Happy Days pattern is so fun. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. I love the happy day version! :)

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  38. I would choose the happy day version! Thank you for sharing, as a trainee teacher this will be a life saver!

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