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.
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!
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