this is my first teacher planner (yes, EVER!) and i am so impressed by this one. i am excited to put it to use this coming school year.
paper quality – the paper is the same as the life planner. it’s very thick, maybe too thick for me. it also has a texture to it. i wish it was a little smoother after writing on it for the past year. however, it is definitely better quality from the previous designs.
size – it measures about 11″ (high) x 8.5″ (wide), which is perfect. it might be too large for some, but i love all the space.
calendar options – you can choose july-june or january-december.
laminated cover – it’s sturdy and thick. it’s not going anywhere. if there are any issues with it, the EC company will replace it or give you credits. the new designs are adorable too.
cover customization – you can pick your cover and colors, classic or metallic. they are also removable so you could order another cover (for around $10 plus shipping) and put it on your planner whenever you feel the need. the new covers have a wet erase writing area inside the front and back covers.
heavy spiral coil – it’s super duty, heavy, and will not bend. they come in platinum, gold, rose gold, and black. there is an extra charge for any coil that is not platinum.
theme – there is only one theme: colorful. it’s beautiful though. i think for a teacher planner, just having one, colorful theme is fine.
laminated tabs – they are durable and are not going anywhere. with the thicker paper, they’re even more sturdy.
goal page – the goal page has big boxes for you to do whatever you want with. i haven’t decided what i’m going to use them for but i’ll come up with something! they are labeled with the months.
NEW 2 page monthly view – it’s enough room to see everything clearly. i like the monthly goal and to do list on the right too. there’s a new mini calendar in the corner to show you the next month. handy!
NEW monthly notes page and quote – there are two pages before and after each of the months.
NEW dated weekly view – this is something the teachers have been asking for for a long time.
2 page weekly view – it’s very simple and clean. there is a little notes section on the right side along with six spaces for lesson planning. it provides some structure, but leaves it open to use it however you want to.
student checklists – the planner comes standard with seven checklists. you can add on more up to 14 or 21. most people would probably use these for grades, but you could do anything really.
NEW stickers – they completely redesigned the stickers in the back. some are foiled and scripted or pictures. the foiled functional stickers are very versatile and pretty. AND they match the monthly colors, which is cool. plus there’s some plain labels in the back that match the monthly colors. that was my one complaint about last year’s, but they totally fixed this and i love it.
pocket – the pocket is reinforced to deal with wear and tear better. one side is also the shorter pocket, which i don’t really like because it doesn’t hold much.
sheet protectors – the planner comes standard with one sheet protector. you can add on one or two more. i went ahead and added on two extra ones.
NEW accessories – new this year are the redesigned bookmarks, snap-in sticky notes in new patterns, different colors of wet erase markers, clip in bookmarks in new patterns, another designer sticker book, and new dashboards.
there’s really not that many. i fully admit that these are nit picky.
the tiny pocket in the back – on the keep it together folder in the back, there is a really nice pocket on the front and a tiny weird one on the back. i wish they were just the same. the little one doesn’t hold papers like the big one does.
the month labels on the yearly planning page – it starts with january, but most teachers use an academic year, starting in july. i wish they were just blank.
the quote in the back of the planner – it says: “a good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” i think this is a terrible quote to include in a teacher planner. a teacher should never “consume” herself to be a “good” teacher. a lot of teachers get burnt out because they try to do everything for their students, put themselves on the back burner, and forget to take care of themselves. self-care is SO important. i made that mistake in my first two years of teaching so i speak from experience. the quote should be a positive message and this one just isn’t.
just one theme – the planner only comes in colorful. this doesn’t bother me, but i know some people would love to see a neutral version. i’m sure that will be an option in the future judging by past EC product releases.