Teacher Organization: Top 5 Lesson Planning Tips

Learn top teacher lesson planning tips (and fun & creative ideas) from Molly Maloy, a San Diego teacher and classroom organization blogger at Lessons with Laughter. Read on to discover how to make the most of your lesson planner to organize your most successful school year yet!

The Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner has been my go-to planner for the past eight years. I love all the bright colors, inspirational quotes and the functional layout. From the yearly updates & new designs to the lesson page spreads and all the extras, this planner has EVERYTHING teachers need to plan out an organized, successful year! Here are my top five lesson planning tips for organizing the 2019-2020 school year.

1. Start with the monthly calendar.

Before I start planning out my lessons, I like to fill out the monthly calendar with meetings, assemblies, holidays, field trips and other important events! This helps me be proactive with my planning so I know what is coming up and I can plan around those events accordingly!  

2. Use snap-in bookmarks. It’s a lesson planning time-saver!

I am constantly flipping back and forth between my weekly plans, the monthly calendar and other important pages in my planner! The snap-in bookmarks make it easy to flip to another page quickly and easily without losing my spot!

3. Use smart lesson planning tools to organize your teacher to-do list.

I use the Snap-In Teacher Dashboard and Fine Tip Wet Erase Markers to write down things I need to do throughout the week broken down by day (tasks I need to do every Monday, Tuesday, etc.) and things I need to complete before and after school!

I try to write things down as I think of them and add to the list throughout the week as new things come up so I don’t forget! There are also things that I need to remember to do every week, so I write those down next to the specific days on my dashboard! Planning ahead helps me make use of every second!

4. Keep all your lesson planning supplies together.

I keep my planner and my Planny Pack together so that when I plan, I have all the supplies I need right at my fingertips. I tuck away colorful pens in there as well as a couple pencils and erasers so they are right there when I need them!

5. Use planner stickers to mark important dates.

Erin Condren Stickers are absolutely STUNNING! I love using them to make important dates stand out like student birthdays, events, meetings, etc.! Plus they add a little extra color to my weekly plans, which always brings a smile to my face!

About the Author:

Molly Maloy teaches 5th grade in San Diego. You can find her on Instagram @lessonswithlaughter where she shares all about classroom organization, lesson ideas and children’s books!