Saturday, February 28, 2015

Why I Have Absolutely Loved My Planner!

So right now it's kind of hard to stay focused on the here and now.  I think many of us start feeling spring fever and thinking about what we "coulda, woulda, shoulda" done differently this year.  I think that's a completely normal part of teaching and a very healthy reflective attitude.  But, of course, we want to still be dedicated to our current students and stay focused on the tasks at hand.  That's just one reason why I am so glad I took the time to make my planner last year.  I still see some things I want to do differently...because, like you, I'm already planning for next year, so I am mentally designing my changes already.  But since it takes me quite a while to personalize and design each and every one, let me tell you why I have loved mine so much this year and why I think you need one too.

1.  It's SO cute!  Who doesn't enjoy planning in a planner that is personalized for their own needs and likes?  It makes me EXCITED to do what could otherwise be a very mundane task.  Although, since I don't like my own handwriting, getting the courage to "mess up" the beautiful pages with my chicken scratch for the first time was a whole other issue!


2. Okay, so I've used this baby like 1,000 times this year!  (Maybe that's a little hyperbolic, but seriously...A LOT!)  So many of our accounts have those randomly generated passwords that don't mean anything to you...how can I memorize a random string of letters, numbers, and the occasional symbol?  Now I don't have to!


3. Keeping my messy head organized!  With checklists and procedures in place for my whole year, it has made me much more systematic, and therefore, effective. 


4. My learning evidence this year is going to kick major booty!  I have been jotting down notes and typing up evidence all year long for things that accomplish my two indicators (performance standards, for my non-Alabama teacher friends).  Collaboration and professional development were my two this year, so no need to try to recall it all when I enter evidence...just flip to this page and glance over my notes. #likeaboss


5. Documentation!  I have kept wonderful records this year about parent-teacher communication and teacher-teacher communication. A huge part of my job is collaborating, and now I can be a master record-keeper of it all!  


So even though it seems like next year is SO far away, it will be here in the blink of an eye!  So I'm already taking orders for next year's planners. And don't wait because I won't take any orders after April 15!  That's the deadline. Period. Because I have to have time to make them, you see!

Hop over to my Weebly page with more info to pick out your print and to order your very own. 

And just to spice it up a little, I'm also hosting a chance to win one for FREE!  Check out the deets below!  Best of luck! 


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