The Erin Condren teacher planner was something I purchased at the beginning of our homeschool year last summer.
I had used the Erin Condren deluxe planner for our homeschool the year before but I was looking for more of a teacher specific planner. After using it for half of our homeschool year now, I would like to share the pros and cons of this teacher planner.
First of all, if you are a public school teacher hello! Welcome! There are some great features of this planner for teaching a classroom. If you are a homeschooling mom with kids, this is planner also has a lot to offer.
My Erin Condren teacher planner review
This review will share the pros and cons of this planner, then I will show you inside to give you an idea of what it looks like and how you would use it.
I purchased this planner with my own money. This blog post does link to the Erin Condren website where I am an affiliate, meaning I can make a commission (at no extra charge to you) should you wish to purchase this planner.
Here are the pros of the Erin Condren teacher planner
- It’s beautiful. I love the colors and the fonts throughout and I find it makes planning more fun and inspiring.
- This planner can be customized to your liking in terms of layout. Some prefer to write their days in a vertical fashion, others horizontal.
- You can choose your subject slots for each day. This was a huge appeal for me, I wanted a column for each subject and then write down what we did that day. For example, I chose 6 subjects each day and I like to make a column for language arts, math, science etc at the top of the planner.
- It’s much larger than the deluxe planner. More space to fit information in.
- 2 page spread at the beginning of the month, and at the end to write down goals for that month, dates to remember or summaries at the end.
- Year overview and bullet journal pages at the beginning (I would have loved more personally).
- Student checklist at the back. I really love this and you can CHOOSE how many you have to check off too. Bonus? They are pretty and colorful.
- Each month is color coordinated for vibrancy and to find the pages easier with each tab.
- The dates start in July instead of January like many planners. Teachers need to plan in the summer and appreciate getting familiar with a planner before the start of the school year (usually end of Aug/beginning of Sept).
- Communication log (for public/private school teachers) where you can record the date and incident of what the problem was and whether it was resolved. There’s only 2 pages, I don’t know honestly how many a teacher would need.
- Lots of fun stickers at the back to add into your planner.
- Choose your own cover to personalize the feel of your planner.
Student checklist are great and you can customize how many!
Here’s an idea of how I use the student checklists with different subjects at the top
This is what each month looks like, it starts with a 2 page spread and important dates.
Followed by the month overview
Customize how you want your planner to look like
Here you can make your planner vertical, horizontal or hourly. This is my favorite aspect of the planner, being able to see each subject each day.
Lastly there are two pages at the end of each month to write a summary.
Double-sided folder at the back and clear insert for extra papers or important notes
Dry-erase cover and back cover to write anything down
There wasn’t that many cons to be honest, but I do have a couple
- No weekend slots for writing anything down. Although the monthly spread has all the days of week and dates, during the weekend if you want to write anything down you can’t. There’s a sidebar that I chose to write things that happened on the weekend.
- It’s very large and heavy, so not very portable. Because of this, I bring a bullet journal around with me for making notes and ideas for lessons.
- I would have loved extra bullet journal pages throughout, but that’s just me!
- As a homeschool teacher I don’t have use for the communication log pages, but I am sure classroom teachers would appreciate them.
Would I buy the Erin Condren Teacher planner again?
Yes I would.
Homeschool planning is one of my favorite aspects of homeschooling and I’ve really enjoyed using this planner.
Do you have a favorite teacher planner?