Peek at the Week: A Weekly Planner for Teachers

I think it’s safe to say that something we educators have in common is the relentless pursuit of improved organization and time management.  For me, I know that increased efficiency in these two areas definitely helps to improve the quality of my life as a coach.  Isn’t it just the best feeling ever to be planned and prepared for your week, knowing your priorities, what needs to be done, and when you plan on doing it? …sigh…

In the book “The Together Teacher: Plan Ahead, Get Organized, and Save Time!”  by Maia Heyck-Merlin, she presents a number of ideas and tools for helping you to become a more “together teacher.”  One of these tools, which I particularly like, is the Weekly Worksheet.  Heyck presents a few different options for what this sheet can look like in her book.  I created a version of my own that I think reflects the best pieces of the ones she presents.

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Customizable Peek at the Week Sheet

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Download this Updated Peek at the Week Sheet Here!

I’ve recently included my Peek at the Week sheet into my weekly planning process.  I like how it provides a broad overview of my week and helps me to balance my time against my to-dos.  I especially like identifying my priorities for the week and building my plans around them.

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If you have a teacher binder, this would be a great addition.  Or you might clip it to your planning clipboard, cut and paste it into a notebook, or just tack it on your wall by your desk.

You’ll notice in the “To-Dos” there is a section that I intentionally left blank as an area for you to customize.  The “Thought Catcher” section is for you to capture all of those brilliant teacher ideas that randomly pop into your head.  Make sure to write those down!  These caught thoughts may lead into important upcoming to-dos.

Important

Now here is one of the most important areas of your planning sheet to manage…your upcoming to-dos should remain UPCOMING to-dos.  One of the easiest traps we can all fall into is diverging from our original plan for the day to take care of a seemingly urgent task that falls in our lap.  Of course, things come up during a teaching day that we didn’t plan for and really do need to be attended to right away, but the majority of these tasks can wait.  You may have to work on your decision making skills a smidge, but you can improve your time management prowess!

Planning and organizing are two of my favorite things to do, so look for more tips and resources in this area in the future.

Thanks for reading,

ms-houser

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25 Responses to “Peek at the Week: A Weekly Planner for Teachers”

  1. Jenny Anderson June 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    I love this! It is exactly what I have been wanting to do. We go on a K O M E T schedule instead of MTWTHF. Can you send me the word version or change the days for me? I would really appreciate it! You Rock!!!
    Thank you!
    Jenny

    • Kristin Houser June 19, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      Thanks so much Jenny! It is a pretty handy little planning tool :) I have just made a customized Peek at the Week sheet for you and will send it your way!
      Kristin

  2. Audrey June 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    I absolutely love this! I was looking to make something but nowhere near as fabulous as yours! I can’t wait to print it in color as an addition to my teacher binder!
    Thank you again!!!

    • Kristin Houser June 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

      Oh good, I’m so glad you like it Audrey! Happy planning!

      Kristin

  3. erun June 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    I love this too. I found a personal planner that has this show including dinners fir the week and activities for the kids but I would love this fir my teaching binder. Could you please send me too? Egsatkoff@yahoo.com

    • Kristin Houser June 28, 2013 at 9:23 am #

      Hi there! I’m so glad you can see this as a useful addition to your teacher binder. Just click the “Download Here” link in the post above, and you should be good to go!
      Kristin

  4. Jessica June 29, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    I really like the organization of this Weekly To Do form. I have created my own teacher plan book for the fall and was wondering if I could get the non-PDF document so I can customize the colors & papers. If not, I completely understand and appreciate the time you put into making this! I can attempt to make my own too :)

    I like your blog and the ideas and information that you share. I’ve added you to my reader!

  5. ellen July 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    I love this and will definitely use it—always trying to stay on top of things :) I was wondering if you could tell me what the actual binder (turquoise) that is in the picture is—looking for a new one and this looks perfect :)

  6. Emily @OurAwesomeAdventuresAbroad July 8, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    This is so perfect! I am a full time student and I also homeschool my children and this will be a great way to highlight the week’s activities. Thanks!

  7. Kristin Houser July 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    Awesome! Have fun with it!
    Kristin

  8. Alaina July 20, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Oh wow! If it wasn’t for Pinterest I would never find gems like this! Thank you so much, this is adorable. It will definitely cut down on my absurd use of Post-It notes this upcoming school year!

  9. Kristin Houser July 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Thanks Alaina!
    I love post-it notes, but totally understand how out of control they can get :) Have a great school year!
    Kristin

  10. Cheryl August 5, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    Hi Kristin,

    I really love your teacher planner and the little details you have put into it, especially the 2 page calendar. I was wondering if you have a customizable version of the planner as I have already created my daily lesson plan page. If not, I understand.

    Thanks.

  11. Kristin Houser August 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Hi Tabitha,
    Thanks for your inquiry! I can certainly make a customizable planner for you. Please visit my Etsy shop, click on “Request Custom Order” and let me know what you would like!
    Thanks,
    Kristin

  12. Michelle Law August 14, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    This is wonderful! Thank you very much!

  13. Victoria August 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your hard work!

  14. Gina August 22, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    SOOO in love with this!! Thank you!

  15. Mary @ A Productive Endeavor September 24, 2013 at 5:45 am #

    I love this layout VERY much! Thank you so much for sharing it!!!! Love the colors and the categories!!!

  16. Donna September 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Kristin,
    I love your peek at the week document. Is there an editable form? I’m a Paramedic not a teacher and wanted to just change the “school” to “work”. Everything else works perfect for me. Thanks for your hard work. Donna

    • Kristin Houser September 26, 2013 at 7:20 am #

      Hi Donna!
      I offer a customized version of the Peek at the Week sheet at my Etsy shop. Just click on the “Shop” link in the navigation bar above!
      Thanks,
      Kristin

  17. Sharon Byrd October 20, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Thanks for your information, it is really giving me insight into coaching successfully.

  18. Kristin Houser October 22, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    That’s great to hear Sharon! Thanks for sharing.
    Kristin

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