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I see so many cute planners that are great for general ed teachers but what is the perfect planner for a special education resource room teacher? I teach 3 grade levels and it gets very crazy..I need something to make my year easier...any suggestions on the perfect planner?


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I LOVE this!! I think it's $12 a year. I teach sped math to 3 grade levels. One of my classes I split into A and B because of differentiation.

My state standards are in there so I can track what's being covered. It is extremely user friendly!!

If I remember, there's a free trial period.
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I splurged for an Erin Condren planner this year for the first time. It is big and pretty expensive but I have loved it. I am a reading specialist and have a constantly changing student load, but right now I've got 4 small groups (all different grade levels), 5 Tier 3 slots and also instructional coaching responsibilities. I paid extra to have sheet covers included in the planner and those hold all of the different schedules I need to access regularly plus benchmark scores for the different reading assessments I administer. There are 2 full sheets for notes at the beginning of each month - which I use for meeting notes, plus another page for lists for that month. And a ton of other pages for lists, checklists, tracking things in the front that I haven't even fully utilized yet. Because I'm coordinating our reading program in the building, I have lots of to do's and have a dry erase insert from Eric Condren that I use to mark my week in the lesson planner and keep to do lists for the week on - the front and back cover also are dry erase and have spaces for lists.
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I use planbook.com. I was hesitant because many of the features seem better for gen ed teachers, but I really like it. It's $12 per year. I realize I could probably make the same thing myself, but it's worth it to me to pay a tiny fee in order to not have to figure out how to organize everything myself. There is also an app.

I teach 4 grade levels and 10 different groups per day. Some groups are not the same students/same time every day and it makes it very easy to organize this once you figure out how to set up the schedule in there. It also lets you color code each group. You can also easily move lessons to the next day/week if something comes up.

I had a paper planbook last year and was convinced that I preferred that. I'm fully converted to doing everything electronically now! It's so much easier (for me anyway) to type, and I like that I have unlimited space and that things don't end up looking messy when I have to make a change.

There is a free trial you can try (I think it's maybe one month?) to see if it works for you!
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Thank you, I'm going to check it out!


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I've been checking these out along with plum paper, they are pricey and I don't mind spending the money for them I really just want to make sure I get the best one for my needs.
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I love the idea of an online planbook
Old 04-18-2018, 09:02 AM
 
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but I can't seem to let go of my paper copy.

I make my own with a three-ring binder. I have a generic plan book template set up with the boxes spread over two open-faced pages. I do not print them back to front for additional flexibility. I can add or delete whole weeks as changes occur. I use the blank sides to write a quick note about behaviors, meetings, parent phone calls, or classroom incidents so I don't need an additional sheet of paper to keep track of.

Like a PP, I set up my schedule across the boxes and type in information that does not change--times, subject, student roster, groups, etc. I then pencil in the actual day to day stuff by hand as needed.

As SpEd, my plan book is half what I hope to accomplish and half a journal of what actually occurred. For lessons that have a script or certain textbooks w/teacher's edition, I do not feel the need to add very many details in the plan book.

I add sections to the binder using the tabbed pocket folders. That gives me places to tuck extra notes, loose papers, etc. Even those sections have changed over the years. I use to do a whole separate section for my yearlong calendar but haven't done that the last two years.
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I love this! I've seen some on TPT and have thought about trying one of them also or doing like you and just making my own!
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Planbook, not Playbook
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Sorry I didn't catch the typo!
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For my first 7 years of teaching, I used a Word document I designed and spent HOURS tweaking and changing each time my caseload/schedule changed (aka 3x a day), but this year I splurged and got an Erin Condren planner and I don't think I'm going to go back to the Word document! I was able to find a sticker template on TpT that I can type into and then I print them on full page sticker sheets and use that to label my always changing groups at the top of the planner each week. There's room in an Erin Condren planner for 7 groups a day and a small section at the beginning of each day for notes/to do. I think my favorite part of it is that there's 2 pages for note taking at the beginning of every month so whenever I take notes in a meeting I take them in the month we're in and I can easily find notes from previous meetings then.

I've attached my Word document if you want to try that out! It took foreverrrr to get it to fit on two sheets. I print them on separate pages and then put them open faced in a binder so you can see the whole week at once.


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Thank you for sharing..I really like the template!
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