Need help picking a planner

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  1. HTCC

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    I desperately need a planner/calendar that works for me. I use to use the app on my iPhone but it's so much to enter now. I bought one of those weekly monthly planners, but I'm having to write everything important twice. One in the month and again in the week. I can put more details in the week but it just doesn't feel organized enough. I'm a first year high school teacher so I'm trying to keep my head above water and have to have a place to see what my day holds between classes and coaching. What works for you?
     
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  3. perplexed

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    I like having my big desk planner. I write everything on there. The only problem is that it can't be taken with me, so maybe that'd be a problem for you. Otherwise, I usually stay organized with a notebook sized one-- not a small one,
     
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    I use a teacher planner from Office Depot that's designed for six periods a day, M-F. Instead of using it that way, I turn each page into a monthly planner. The advantage is that it will last about 4 years, and I can look back to see how to pace my units. I write in pencil, in tiny print, and there's lots of room to make notes along the side and bottom.
     
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    I can't really help...I make my own with times students are at their specialist classes already engrained into the schedule. It was actually pretty easy to do on word, and all I have to do is photocopy it and I insert it into a larger 3 ring binder.
     
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    I keep a folded up sheet of paper with me and write down my agenda, and add things I need to add to my calendar throughout the day. Then I add it to my Google Calendar in the morning.

    Otherwise, I just use our school's student planner.

    I like the Moleskin Weekly Calendar planners though. They're nice.
     
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    I use a traditional plan book.

    I don't use formal lesson plans at this point. But even if I did, they're two separate things. The plan book contains, for each different prep, the title of what I'm covering, and the homework, along with "test" or "quiz" as necessary. It also contains the cycle day (we go A-F) and any special schedule notes (AM assembly, Mass, early dismissal...) If there's anything special going on, it's noted. (As in: AM homeroom Christmas decorations, or 7 PM; parent-teacher-student conferences.)

    I also note personal stuff- the kids' orthodontist appointments, stuff of that nature.

    In the back I have a list of important phone numbers-- the orthodontist, the health office for each of the kids' schools, some neighbors who don't work in the event that one of my kids has an important issue.
     
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    Sticky notes save my life!
     
  9. MissApple

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    I bought a Do-It-All! planner last year that I really liked because each day is divided into five sections vertically, with one week shown at a time. That way I have a seperate row for each class period, and can see my week in one view.

    You can see the pages here: http://www.amazon.com/Orange-Circle...1345734376&sr=8-2&keywords=Do+It+All!+Planner


    You can use the left most column to either label the periods, or write what your focus is that week. The top section I would use the write my to do list for my planning periods.
     
  10. Lisabobisa

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    I get mine from Staples. It has one week per page, but every day is written vertically with the quarter hours listed from 7 am to 7 pm. I can write down what I'm doing in each class at the class time. I also keep a separate to-do list every day outside of my planner.
     
  11. HTCC

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    I like the look of the do-it-all planner. I think my issue is that I like having a month view but I can't ever fit in all the extra curricular stuff in the boxes and I end up writing everything twice in month and week pages. I found PlanbookEdu online and think I'm going to give it a try for lesson plans and extracurriculars. Then I can still do a monthly overview calendar
     

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