Ever since I first started teaching I wanted a Folens/EDCO teacher diary and attended both of their book launches last year to get the free teacher planners. I attended again this year and was impressed with the planners.
- Laid out day to day (1 week over 2 pages)
- Monthly overview
- Fortnightly and cuntas míosúil templates
- Class record lists/trackers
- Meeting records
- Notes section
Last year I used the EDCO planner religiously for the first few months. I also had 3/4 other notebooks that I used for meetings with parents/ staff meetings/ year group meetings/ courses- overall I had 5/6 notebooks which meant that I could never find what I was looking for. These notebooks are now all half filled so are useless and not suitable to reuse for this year.
This year I will just use 1 notebook, a refill pad and my phone. I find I work best with brainstorms and to do lists.
I’m still undecided about which one to use but it will be one of these.
I love ‘to do’ lists – so I write a list of what needs to be done and then tick it off as it’s completed. For me the teacher planners are too rigid and the space is too small so a plain a5 notebook works better. I found my monthly planning glance sheet great last year so I’ll make a weekly sheet too for my desk.
I might also use these weekly sheets to plan from Dealz – these could be handy for using to remember things in your personal life – gym classes/ birthdays/ catch up with friends etc.
I will only be using the refill pad to record meetings with parents. I usually jot down a few notes/ key points during the meeting and then fill in the rest afterwards. By using a refill pad I can easily tear off the page and I’ll then file in the assessment folder.
I’m going to use the calendar and reminder app’s on my phone to stay organised.
Hopefully this will keep me organised this year! I’ll let you know how it goes!