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Erin Condren Teacher Planner Review 2020-2021

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I am so happy to introduce you to the Erin Condren Teacher Planner for the 2020/2021 school year.

The coiled and the soft bound Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planners side by side.

This past academic year has been quite a wild ride, so this opportunity to look ahead to the fall is really refreshing.

The new Teacher Lesson Planner comes in 3 formats.

And there are so many useful features and fun design options.

So, I will try to hit each point in a sequence that makes sense.

EC Teacher Planner Formats

This year there are 3 planner formats:

  1. Coiled
  2. Soft Bound
  3. Binder

I ordered both the coiled and the softbound planners but I will also reference the binder from information on the Erin Condren website.

Related: Preview the 2020/2021 Erin Condren Daily Duo LifePlanner

Watch the Review

You can either watch the review here or scroll down to read it.

Coiled Teacher Planner

Erin Condren coiled teacher lesson planner

The coiled teacher planner is what I would call Erin Condren's signature version.

Choice of Interior Design

It is super customizable and for 2020-2021 it comes with your choice of interior design. You can choose from:

  • Oh So Retro or
  • Kaleidoscope
Oh So Retro
Kaleidoscope

I chose the Oh So Retro interior (or guts) so that is the design that you will see throughout my photos here.

Interchangeable and Customizable Covers

You can also personalize your teacher planner with any of the interchangeable covers on the Erin Condren website.

I chose the Oh So Retro cover to match the inside design and I did not add my name or initials – although this is something that you can absolutely do.

Coiled Lesson Planner Dimensions

Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner Intro page.

The dimensions are a full 8.5 x 11 inches, so there is plenty of space for laying out your lesson plans.

Choice of Coil Color

You can also choose the color of the coil from the following:

  • platinum
  • gold
  • rose gold
  • black

Choice of Start Dates

One of the best things that you can customize in the COILED Teacher Lesson Planner is the start date.

This is a 12 month planner – but you can choose to start your year in either July, August, or September of 2020.

What a fabulous option – especially if your school year has an early or late start!

Additional Options

Finally each of the coiled planners comes with 7 checklist pages and one sheet protector coiled right in.

But you can up to 28 checklist pages and up to 3 sheet protectors should you need them.

Let's Take a Tour, Shall We?

Intro Section

The first pages that you come to are the About me and Classroom Events pages:

About Me Page in the Erin Condren 2020-2021 Teacher Lesson Planner
About Me Page in the Erin Condren 2020-2021 Teacher Lesson Planner
events page in the Erin Condren coiled teacher lesson planner for 2020/2021
Events and Volunteers Page in the Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner

Communication Log

Next you will come to the communication log – this is a great place to jot down notes about conversations that you have with parents or other educators.

Communication log in the Erin Condren Coiled Teacher Planner
Communication log in the Erin Condren Coiled Teacher Planner

Mini Months

Mini Months in Coiled Lesson Planner
Mini Months in Coiled Lesson Planner

Yearly Plan

Yearly Planning Pages in Coiled Erin Condren Teacher Planner
Yearly Planning Pages in Coiled

Graph Pages

Graph Pages in EC Coiled 2020-2021 Teacher Planner
Graph Pages in EC Coiled 2020-2021 Teacher Planner

Monthly Lesson Plans

Monthly Calendar Spread in Erin Condren Teacher Planner
Monthly Calendar Spread

For every month, there is a standard 2 page per month calendar spread followed by a 2 page per week (Monday through Friday) lesson plan spread.

Monthly overview in the Erin Condren Coiled Teacher Planner for 2020/2021

There are 6 blank columns for each day. You can use these for the different subjects that you teach, different sections, or even different activities or task areas that you need to focus on.

Weekly Lesson Plans in Erin Condren coiled teacher planner
Weekly Lesson Plans

The second page of the weekly lesson plan spread includes a lined column where you can jot down a to do list or some quick notes.

Each month features a different color – the above photo shows yellow for August while below you see a page from November that features blue.

The second page of the weekly lesson plan spread in the Erin Condren Teacher planner.
Weekly Lesson Plan pages

And the following page from September is sporting purple accents.

photo of weekly lesson plan page from September in EC lesson planner

Checklist Pages

The last section of the planner is the checklists. You can use this as a grade book, to keep track of homework submissions, permission slips, or anything else for each of your students.

Checklist pages in the Erin Condren coiled teacher planner.
Checklist Pages

Planner Stickers

In true Erin Condren fashion, there are four pages of fun planner stickers at the end of the COILED version.

Sticker pages in the Erin Condren Coiled Teacher Planner for 2020/2021
Sticker pages in the Erin Condren Coiled Teacher Planner for 2020/2021
Sticker pages in the Erin Condren Coiled Teacher Planner for 2020/2021
Sticker pages in the Erin Condren Coiled Teacher Planner for 2020/2021

Folder, Sheet Protector, and Holiday Stickers

Last but not least, at the end of the teacher planner is a colorful and sturdy folder to capture all those little loose items.

This is followed by a coiled in sheet protector and some holiday sticker sheets.

Soft Bound Teacher Planner

Erin Condren Soft Bound Teacher Lesson Planner 2020-2021

The 2020-2021 Soft Bound Erin Condren Teacher Planner takes it's cues from the Focused Collection.

While the format of the inside design is similar to the coiled version, this planner is much more low key and neutral than it's colorful counterpart.

The Erin Condren soft bound teacher lesson planner on top of the Coiled teacher planner - so you can compare the size.

It is also smaller and slimmer.

The Erin Condren soft bound teacher lesson planner on top of the Coiled teacher planner - so you can compare the thickness.

The soft bound planner features a faux leather cover, lay flat design, with 2 ribbon bookmarks.

Dimensions

The dimensions of this planner are 8 x 10 inches.

Features You Will Like:

  • Sleek Professional Exterior
  • Ability to customize with initials
  • Neutral Interior Design
  • Lay flat binding
  • Slim profile so it's easy to slip into your bag

Features That Are Different from the Coiled Version

Title page in the Erin Condren Soft Bound Teacher Lesson Planner for 2020/2021.

To make this planner more slim, you don't get as many extras and customization options as you do in the coiled teacher planner.

In the soft bound planner you are limited to 7 checklist pages at the end.

Also, here are no sticker pages or sheet protectors.

Let's Take A Walk Through

The soft bound lesson planner pages are similar to the coiled pages that you see above. However, note the more neutral color theme and simple, sophisticated look throughout.

About and event pages in the Erin Condren Soft Bound Teacher Lesson Planner for 2020/2021.
About and Events Pages in the Soft Bound Teacher
Communication log in the Erin Condren Soft Bound Teacher Lesson Planner for 2020/2021.
Communication Log
Mini Months in the Erin Condren Soft Bound Teacher Lesson Planner for 2020/2021.
Mini Months
Yearly planning in the Erin Condren Soft Bound Teacher Lesson Planner for 2020/2021.
Yearly Planning
Graph pages in the Erin Condren Soft Bound Teacher Lesson Planner for 2020/2021.
Graph Pages
Month overview in the Erin Condren Soft Bound Teacher Lesson Planner for 2020/2021.
Monthly Overview
Monthly layout in the Erin Condren Soft Bound Teacher Lesson Planner for 2020/2021.
Monthly Layout
Weekly lesson plans in the Erin Condren Soft Bound Teacher Lesson Planner for 2020/2021.
Weekly Lesson Plan
Checklist pages in the Erin Condren Soft Bound Teacher Lesson Planner for 2020/2021.
Checklist Pages

Finally, our third option …

Teacher Lesson Planner Binder

About and event pages in the Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner Binder.

The Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner Binder for 2020-2021 is very similar to the coiled version except in a binder format.

In this case there is only one exterior and interior design – the Oh So Retro pattern.

However you can still choose your start month as either July, August, or September.

Standard 3 Ring Binder Size

On thing you will love is that this binder fits standard letter paper.

The binder itself is actually 10.75 x 12.2 x 2.5 inches but the paper that fits inside is 8.5 x 11 inches.

The gorgeous gold hardware inside is also standard 3 ring fare – so you can use any 3 ring hole punch to add additional paper into your binder.

If you want the flexibility of being able to move pages around or add in papers of your own – then this is the version for you.

Lots of Coordinating Accessories

To dress up your planner, there are lots of coordinating accessories to choose from:

Not Just for Teachers

While this selection of planners is ideal for educators, I have to tell you that it is also great for STUDENTS and people in all kinds of other professions.

Students Will Love It

While Erin Condren does make an academic planner – as a student, my daughter actually prefers the teacher planner layout for her classes.

She uses the weekly lesson plan layout to list out her test and homework due dates for each class.

The lined boxes are also great for planning ahead. If a project in a particular class is due on Friday, she will use the column to plan the work she will do each evening to make sure it gets done on time.

However, for students, the soft bound planner probably makes the most sense because of its slim profile (it's easier to tote around).

Use It As A Blog Planner

As a blogger, I am very impressed with this Teacher Planner.

There are so many buckets of activities that I do each day, and this planner gives me plenty of space to spell it all out.

I will do a separate article on how I use the Erin Condren Teacher Planner as a Blog Planner – so stay tuned!

Other Professions

Basically, anybody who does different categories of work each day can benefit from this planner.

Busy moms can use one column for each child, one for work, one for family in general, one for meal planning, and so on.

The limitation is that there is only planning space for weekdays – so that is something to keep in mind.

Which Planner Are You?

As you can see, the new 2020-2021 Teacher Planner line up from Erin Condren is fun and versatile.

Out of the three options – coiled, soft bound, and binder – my personal favorite is the coiled.

Which one do you like best? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Planning!

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