CCSS Planner! Product Review & Giveaway!

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Those of you that have followed my blog long enough, know one thing about me... I am obsessed with organizational materials. Planners have to be close to at the top of my list. One day I left my planner at home and almost had a nervous breakdown. I was super excited when I came across a printable planner on Pinterest by April from A Modern Teacher. Let me tell you, she has gone above and beyond what any planner from Office Depot can provide (they really should get teachers' input as a buyer in those stores!) April was kind enough to share one of her planners with me and I am very excited to share it with you. Make sure you enter the giveaway at the end of the blog!

I chose to use a 3 ring binder with this planner. This planner is jam packed with organizational goodies. What I love about this planner is that since it is printable, you can choose what you want to print and what you do not. Since I am a speech therapist, certain pages, such as "Specials Schedule" and "Guided Reading" did not apply to me so I did not print those out. 
Below are screen shots of some pages I printed out and put in my binder. 

I use the Daily Plans sheet to create my lesson plans for groups/individual students. I love, love, love that there is a column to list the common core standards that you will be addressing with your lesson. 


This weekly planning sheet would be ideal to list IEP meetings, conferences, staff meetings, evaluations to be completed, happy hour :) etc. etc.

These pages would be ideal for writing out your schedule. You could use the left column to block out time slots for therapy sessions and write the days of the week across the top!

Monthly calendars are also included (what's a planner without a month at a glance?)

The one thing that makes this planner stand out from any other planner I have ever seen (and believe me I have seen a lot of planners!) is that the common core standards are also included. What could be better than having all the standards at your fingertips as you plan our your therapy sessions? This would definitely get you some brownie point with your principal!

Below are some other amazing pages that April included in her planner:
- Important Information page
-Home and School Year Plans
-Birthdays and Anniversaries to Remember
-Ideas for the Classroom (you can list ideas and websites you found them here)
-To-Do Checklist
-Week at a Glance (with before and after school sections)
-Daily planning by subject and CCSS
-A To-Do list for the next school year (that's my kind of to-do list!!)
-Monthly Peeks (here you list meetings, CCSS to be addressed, assessments, goals, etc)
-Note pages
-Attendance
-Meal Planning (!)
-Purchases 
Like I said, this planner is amazing. Yes, it is geared towards teachers but therapists (especially school based therapists) could also find this very handy... I definitely did!
You can find out more information on April's planners (she has more designs) at her TpT store here!
Try to win a copy below!





61 comments

  1. Love this planner- would be great for the school year and love the colors!

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  2. This looks like a great planner. I'm always looking for some easy way to organize lesson plans, etc. I haven't found it yet - but this looks promising.

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  3. Space and lots of it! I have atleast 11-12 therapy sessions per day.

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  4. I really like the ability to choose the pages you want. Having the CCSS in one place for reference is great!

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  5. Planners are at the top of my list, too. This one looks great!

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  6. Lots of room to write - I always end up squeezing waayy too many notes into tiny spaces and then get frustrated when I can't understand it later!

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  7. Places for student contact information, password recording space, to-do, eval tracker

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    1. All of that info. are in my Classroom Organizers. It is a little different than the Teacher/Lesson Planner. The Planner is set for lesson-planning and includes calendars and the organizers have all the printables you need to keep all that 'extra' info. Good luck!

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  8. I always look for lots of room to write!

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  9. What a great planner! The ability to customize it to your needs is amazing.

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  10. I always look for lots of space to write. I have big handwriting and always end up writing a lot of notes to myself!

    Carissa
    Home Sweet Speech Room

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  11. I look for something that has enough space for all the groups I see in a day!

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  12. I like a planner that helps me to be organized. Lots of spacing for the daily entries and regular calendar pages.

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  13. I always look for lots of writing space! I tend to jot down my thoughts randomly throughout the day so all that extra space is necessary!

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  14. I am always looking for things with enough space for therapy sessions and this looks amazing. Especially since I will have 3 schools next year!

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  15. I look for something that I can modify to fit my needs for speech. Thanks for the chance to win! Great review!

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  16. I look for flexibility in how the planner can be used.

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  17. A good planner to me has the month at a glance, room for therapy notes, and lots of tabs for organizing different forms

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  18. I like lost of space to write! I also like to see the whole month at a glance.

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  19. I love a visually appealing planner since I am looking at it A LOT :) A month at a glance is important with plenty of room to write - that's the tricky part... make it visually appealing without sacrificing space. April did a great job with that! Would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  20. It has to be durable and not too cumbersome to carry around. Being able to transform it into what I need as an SLP is definitely a plus!

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  21. One that is durable, portable, spacious, has a monthly view and is visually appealing is a great find! Thanks!

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  22. I am a planner JUNKIE! I look for planners that are packed with options, and are customizable!

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  23. Looks awesome! I'm always on the search for a better planner!

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  24. I absolutely must have a planner with the weekly plan layout- it's the best way for me to keep track of my groups, students, and goals in one place! I've been using one that my school had, but now they are out! I have been looking for a new planner that would meet my needs and I think this one is it! The CCSS column would be great when discussing with admin how I am linking my services to the common core! I really hope I win a copy!
    Also, I will miss your school-related posts next year, but I'm sure I will continue to get many great ideas from you, Kristin!

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  25. Looks great! I would love this for next school year ;)

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  26. The format...months, weeks, days..., space, and what it looks like aesthetically!

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  27. I look for simplicity, flexibility--the addition of the ccss is wonderful!! And aesthetically speaking it is cheerful and elegant!

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  28. Able to customize to my needs

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  29. Awesome find. I usually look for monthly planner IEP dates and meetings. Then I have separate forms for everything else. Organized? but not pretty.

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  30. I usually create my own planner/lesson plan book, but mine isn't as trendy and cute as this one! I would love to open this up each morning! So creative and organized beautifully...

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  31. I really like this planner and would love to get one. :)

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  32. I always look for lots of room, and relevant pages. Cute colors don't hurt either!

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  33. This looks like a wonderful planner. I usually always start the year organized, but manage to lose the organization. My state has not adopted the common core standards. Virginia has its own standards. The design on this is nice and girly. I love it.

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  34. Flexibility, space, practicality, and of course cuteness is the icing on the cake! :)

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  35. Flexibility and lots of space to write.

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  36. I am a graduate student and I couldn't love organizers more keeps me sane :)

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  37. This planner is adorable & extremely functional! I look for planners that have a weekly & monthly set up. It's kind of odd, but the monthly pages must have lines in each date box. I see home health patients after school, and I need a planner to keep me organized. Having each date have lines to write on helps keep my "everything-must-be-perfectly-written" OCD tendencies at bay. ;)

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  38. I look for format! A month in view and a daily calendar that has room enough to write! Yours is adorable which so great!

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  39. So excited about this review and giveaway!! Thanks for checking out the planners Kristin. I'm glad you found me (and vice versa)!!! ~April

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  40. I look for a planner that is well designed and functional! This one looks perfect!!

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  41. One that has plenty of spaces for classes since I teach many small groups through out my day.

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  42. 26 years of teaching done and this is the first planner that has everything!! It's amazing and she thought of it all!

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  43. I thought I commented but my comment isn't showing up,so I will try again. I LOVE this planner and I too am obsessed with planners! Crossing my fingers!
    April Shuman

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  44. I would like one with flexibility for many classes during the day - as a math specialist who does not use the same time blocks everyday it is hard many times to have a plan book that works for me!!!

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  45. I teacher resource and have lots of different groups. I appreciate the ideas on how to adapt, becasue I have been eyeing that planner for a while!!!!

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  46. I look for plenty of planning space.

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  47. I look for monthly space and weekly boxes with enough space for notes!

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  48. Great giveaway. Thank you. I like a lot of room to write what I need in an organizer, and the ability to customize it my needs.

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  49. Wow . . . this sounds like something I really need to look into! Thanks for great review . . . it's peaked my interest!!

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  50. Thanks for the giveaway! This looks like it has plenty of space and love how functional it is!

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  51. This looks great!! Thanks for doing a giveaway!

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