02 April 2018

Is an Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner Really Worth the Money?

A few years ago, I wrote about the best planner I have EVER used, and I felt like it was probably time to give an update. You can read about it HERE.

So here's the question: Is an Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner really worth the money?

I've been using an Erin Condren TLP for about 5 years now, and each year the EC team make updates whether in design, organization, or features. Every year when it comes time to getting a new lesson planner, I scour the internet for my options, and yet I keep coming back to Erin Condren.

Here's Why:
  • Clean, Modern Design
    • While the inside of the TLP looks the same (and it's absolutely beautiful), there are so many different covers to choose from. Florals, motivational quotes, geometric, stripes, seasonal, and more! I tend to go with motivational quotes.
  • Features
    • Lesson Planning Pages
    • 2-page Monthly Calendar Spreads
    • Checklists
    • Sheet Protectors
    • Communication Log
    • Yearly Planning Page
    • Absentee Log
    • Graph Paper
    • Lined Paper
  • Covers, Covers, Covers
    • I mentioned this before, but it's worth mentioning again. There are SO.MANY.OPTIONS. Plus, you can customize almost all of them with your name, and choosing colors that fit your style.
  • Functionality
    • This planner is basically the keeper of my entire teacher life. I feel lost without it. It has a place to hold all the teacher things, and keeps me feeling organized.
    • The sturdy (and colorful) tabs make it easy to find just what I'm looking for.
  • Add-Ons
    • 4 Sticker Sheets
    • Sheet Protector (you add more)
    • Checklists (you can add more)
    • Bookmark (snaps in and out - I use it on the lesson planning pages)
    • Folder
    • Date Dots
    • Storage Pouch

What if I submit my lesson plans online?
Me too! I've had to type digital lesson plans for longer than I've been using an Erin Condren TLP! However, I'm really a paper/pencil kind of girl. And here's the honest truth: I type my lesson plans and submit them, but I don't look at them. Ever! I DO, however, refer to my TLP all.the.time. I basically don't leave home or school without it! (Seriously, I've had to turn around to get it!)
What's my planning process like?
I actually start with my EC TLP. I write down what I'm doing in each subject. Like the big idea, or essential question. I don't need the teaching methods, materials (unless it's something really special or out of the norm), standards, etc...after I have my week mapped out, then I type my lesson plans in whatever format is required.
But the price tag?
Here's the thing, you get what you pay for. Also, take a look at comparable teacher lesson planners, and most of them fall within the $45 - $60 range. To me, Erin Condren products are worth every.single.penny. I appreciate that this planner can hold up to the constant wear and tear of living the teacher life. Not to mention, the constant in and out of my teacher bag.
If you're making your very first Erin Condren purchase, you can use THIS LINK to save $10 or https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/theresacopeland1111. The link will work on anything you purchase from Erin Condren, not just Teacher Lesson Planners.

What do I use to write in my TLP?

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  1. I just wanted to say I agree with you. Most other planners I have used I have found the spine separating before then middle of the school year. I have never had this issue with my EC planner! I finally bought the smaller version for my personal life and love it as much as I love my Teacher planner. I will never go back to another planner!!

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I love the cover on yours, but don't see that option on the EC website-- is it from a previous year, or did you custom design it?


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