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I know there are many apps to use as planners and electronic calendars to help keep track of deadlines, appointments, and more, but I really prefer a physical planner where I can write in any event or meeting that I need to complete, appointments to go to, and even class assignments that I need to work on. I usually prefer a basic planner with lines for each day of the week. Nothing fancy, just plain and simple.

I just started teaching in March and figured I should keep a different planner for work/classroom teaching separate from my personal planner. Normally, my personal planner has so much written in it that I don't want to feel overwhelmed by adding in IEP meetings, to-do items, and more and not being able to distinguish each thing that I need to do. For the past few months, I've decided to keep separate planners, but now that is also feeling overwhelming.

I will be teaching in a self contained classroom this year and will have approximately 22 students on my caseload. (Feel free to give me tips and suggestions here as well. I'm a little nervous with 22 students). I need to keep track of 22 IEPs - deadlines, meeting dates, and more. I think a google calendar or the outlook calendar (school district uses outlook for email) would be a good idea, so I can get an electronic reminder before IEP meetings and due dates, but I'm just so used to having a physical planner that I prefer to use. Although time consuming, I try and color-code my personal planner too. Appointments are one color, school assignments are another color, etc.

I only have a few weeks until school starts and I really need to figure out what my planner 'plans' are....

I'm curious what everyone prefers to do. If you keep a physical planner where you write in everything, do you keep two separate ones, or do you write everything all together? Give me tips, suggestions, recommendations, and more.


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Old 07-09-2019, 05:05 PM
 
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I keep a desk calendar. I put all the important dates on that, including (when I taught Sped) annual reviews, PLC’s, etc. That way it’s right at my fingertips and I can refer to it whenever I need it. I also keep it in my google calendar.
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You can color code things in google calendar.

You can have a school google calendar and a personal Google calendar. You can toggle between them or have them both show together.

I've mostly switched to an online calendar. I use a paper calendar to map out the school year but put appointments and events on my digital calendar.
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I'm kind of old school when it comes to planners. I have a desk calendar and The Happy Planner from Hobby Lobby. I basically use them both for the same purpose - deadlines, meetings, etc. It's like the desk calendar serves the purpose of staring me in the face, lol.

I have got to do better this year keeping track of who I called, when, why, and what the result than I did last year. :/ I made a form that I plan on keeping in a binder to help me with that.
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and I love the calendar part. It can be color coded. It can be separated into personal, IEP and school so if you just want to look at what your IEPs are you can. It can be set up to show, daily weekly or monthly. and you can share it with others, especially for the IEPS and other service providers. That is helpful.

With a self contained class of 22 you are going to be BUSY so minimize your calendar situation and only use one. You need less stress and work when in a class like that.


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