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Teacher Vlog: Teacher Planner, Lesson Plan Book – FREE is Better

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An experienced high school English teacher shares tips and tricks to make your teaching life easier. Today, let’s talk about organization and why you might want to skip those overpriced teacher planners/lesson plan organizer books. Click here for a FREE copy of the PowerPoint calendar template mentioned in the video: https://laurarandazzo.com/2018/06/09/best-lesson-planner-a-free-one/ Lots of advice and free resources for secondary English teachers at https://laurarandazzo.com/ Music used with permission of Sing King: https://www.youtube.com/user/singkingkaraoke
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OmniHeIix (3 months ago)
Unfortunately, our district requires a hard copy of attendance and LPs at the end of the year, despite that we use an online platform to do the same thing.
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
W-h-a-t??? Hard copies of daily tedium still being collected in 2018? You can tell them I said that's just silly, OmniHelix.
Erin Raspor (4 months ago)
I’ve been teaching for 15 years (so you think I would know better!) and just bought the Limelife teacher planner at over $100 Canadian with the shipping and exchange rate (ridiculous) as I thought I’d try a pre-made planner this year. I’m now looking at all the pages where I will have to hand write over and over the times of the periods, times for lunch and recess, the names of each subject in every box and am completely dreading it! What a waste of time! I will be sucking up the $100 I spent and going back to my day plan pages made on Publisher and put in a three ring binder 😁
Laura Randazzo (4 months ago)
Erin Raspor $100?!! Gasp! And, yes, I still think this may be an elementary/secondary thing. Our schedules are just so radically different. Software and a three-ring binder for the win!
Cutie (5 months ago)
I think those expensive teacher planners are for teachers who like paper crafting. This way they can mesh what can be a laborious (at times) task with something they love. They are very pretty to look at and I have been tempted but I cannot spend $78 on a notebook. I also don't like the heaviness of those planners and so I use the free planner that comes from Lakeshore Learning even though I plan in detail on my computer. The paper planner is like a daily checklist for me because who has time to read those full page lesson plans that I am required to type anyway. Just give a quick glance at my bullet points and I'm good.
Laura Randazzo (5 months ago)
Yes, that must be it, Cutie. I hadn't connected those dots, but the big planners are very much akin to scrapbooking. So pretty, but so not for me. Thanks for watching!
TimeToTeach (5 months ago)
Yay just found your channel. I tried the happy planner last year and ended up taking it apart. I only used the lesson plan pages lol...waste of money. Making my own this year! Please check out my teacher channel if you can! Thanks. New subscriber!
happygj79 (5 months ago)
Love how practical you are. I was looking into getting one of these fancy teacher planners but I didn't know they started like at $60! They look cute but yeah being that chunky, I'll have to pass. I've always just used the cheap $10 ones from like Target or Office Depot. Thanks for your honest thoughts and opinions. -8 yr. teacher
Laura Randazzo (5 months ago)
Thanks so much, happygj79. Yeah, when you grow up poor and then work 20 years as a teacher, you know every way to stretch a dollar. I will admit, though, those binders are cute. So glad you found my channel! :)
Denea (6 months ago)
Those type of planners usually do not work for high school teachers. I’m a person that likes to write, so I purchase a big desk calendar to map out assignments for each grading cycle, and a purchase a cute simple calendar from Target during the back to school sales.
Laura Randazzo (5 months ago)
For sure, Denea. I think this is one of those elementary vs. secondary differences. Our planning needs are just so different. Thanks for watching! :)
Oh I love planners and decorating and all that jazz! 😂 I totally understand why some people don't "get it". It's kind of like scrapbooking. More like a hobby or a therapeutic experience. I agree that when you make your own, it's more customizable and it would fit your needs better. I think people buy planners simply because they just like them and it makes them happy,really. That's why I buy them. Some people buy multiple planners (like 10 😮). I'm not quite there as I really don't need to, but I totally understand the obsession! 😂
Mrs. EL Hewitt (3 months ago)
Lol I love my Erin Condren!
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
Mrs. EL Hewitt So then you should have one. Love the things you love! And if it makes lesson-planning more enjoyable, all the better. ❤️
Mrs. EL Hewitt (3 months ago)
I'm the same! I like pretty things with nice quotes to inspire me!
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
10 planners?!! Ohmygosh, those folks need a planner to keep track of their planners! Ha!
Brie B (6 months ago)
Omg $60 for a calendar?! Call me cheap too Laurie! Have a great summer and I'm totally gonna binge watch all your videos in Aug to get me back in the teaching zone. You get me excited; thank you! 🤓💓
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
Ack, Brie! Binge-watching teacher videos? Don't do it. Don't. Do. It. :)
James Volpe (6 months ago)
Try Planbook.com its free for 30 days and its great, you will save countless hours in planning. You can save worksheets, power points to your lesson plans. You can go back year after year and cut and paste lessons you use year after year.
Lauriann Carbajal (4 months ago)
I use Planbook.com. Don't work for them. I use it because I have to integrate in Florida my lessons. It pulls up standards for Science, Math, computers, Arts and engineering. I also have a paper planner, not as intricate in case someone needs to see it. Got called out once for not printing out my lesson plans. Hate wasting paper.
Laura Randazzo (5 months ago)
Nope, James. Just curious. The fact that you don't work there definitely gives your recommendation more weight. Thanks for the follow-up!
James Volpe (6 months ago)
No, I do not work for Planbook.com. Do you ask that question to all the Happy Planners and Erin planners that do vlogs?
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
Sure, James, but a spreadsheet's free forever. You working for Planbook.com or what?
M Antoinette (6 months ago)
I get the appeal of both digital and print. But I agree, I’m not going to spend $50-70 on a planner. Bridget Spackman from The Lettered Classroom creates a digital planner that looks really amazing. https://youtu.be/vcs_bq-XFc8
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
That is cute, M Antoinette! I'd go crazy, though, fussing with all that. I think I'm more function over form with my planning.
Tanya Munoz (6 months ago)
Part of the fuss for me is that planning is my hobby. I love stickers in my life planner, so why not carry it over to my teacher planner and have fun with it? I also use a google doc with links to materials I use. I guess I just like planning lol
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
I definitely get that, Tanya. I look at some people's planners (and, heck, their classrooms, too) and see the appeal of decorating. I think I'm just a Plain Jane...
Digitally Yours, Adele (6 months ago)
I also use digital only. Great advice! Happy summer!!!!!!!!!!!!
Laura Randazzo (5 months ago)
Summer = Oxygen. YES! :)
Digitally Yours, Adele (6 months ago)
Indeed - but rather than "reward", (which is optional) I see it as being the absolutely esential oxygen we need in order to be able to start a new school year in September, with energy, insiration, pateince and enthusiasm - the stars in our eyes that we brought with us the very first year we stepped into the classroom... something which every student deserves.
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
Indeed, Adele. It's absolutely incredible to realize how YouTube (and all of the internet, really) has democratized information in our very short lifespans. You and I no longer need to get a publisher's approval to spread our information. Girl, we just do it! Love that! Sleep tight and stay strong for the next few days. Summer is our reward.
Digitally Yours, Adele (6 months ago)
Your blog may be the basic (and very important!!!) meat and potatoes, but your vlog is the gourmet spicing that gets your message out there. That is why I love YouTube. I believe it makes the message more accessible, clearer, more memorable. It's a LOT of work ("a lot" on steriods) but it is worth it in the end. Not sure I will keep it up at this pace next school year, but it has definately become a part of me (and i try to convince other EFL teachers and teacher- trainers here in Israel, how valuable an investment of time and effort it really is in the end) Have a great weekend, and a great summer. I'm off to bed!
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
Digitally Yours, Adele Love the idea of the virtuous circle. That’s what my blog has been to me. YouTube is...well...let’s just say I’m a better blogger than vlogger. Your once-a-week pledge is what’s inspiring. Wow!
Kelli Monterroso (6 months ago)
Amen amen amen haha
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
Hallelujah! :)
daniellelove (6 months ago)
I think I will use both. I plan on getting a more affordable planner and use a digital one for more detailed lesson plans. But I like writing things down
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
Sounds good, daniellelove! I, too, like writing down my personal life stuff in a paper calendar. I'd love to transport that to a Google Calendar, but my husband is tech-phobic and forces us to keep it paper. Hey, whatever works, right? :)
Karli Miranda (6 months ago)
I agree with you! I also create my own because I need my plan book to fit my needs not me trying to fit my plans to the structure of a premade planner.
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
For sure, Karli. I'm not crafty, but a basic spreadsheet gets the job done. :)
Sarah C (6 months ago)
I do have a regular planner from office max that’s my calendar (cheap monthly thing) and then my Actual plans are online because I have to submit mine digitally to my dean weekly for review
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
Oh, Sarah, sorry about that submission requirement. I'm lucky; I've always been allowed to just send admin. to my online calendars. That extra hurdle sounds exhausting.
Mrs. Riley Teaches (6 months ago)
Thank you!!! I create my own, which means it's customizable.
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
You sound like my kind of gal, Mrs. Riley. Home made is usually best made.

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