Monday Made It: My 2014-2015 Chevron Lesson Planner - The Learning Effect

Monday Made It: My 2014-2015 Chevron Lesson Planner

One of the most popular posts on my blog is my lesson planner from last year. I had no idea that it would be so popular and I'm sure glad that I decided to make my own and sell it in my TPT store.

When I created my planner last year, I had no idea if it would even be something I'd like using or not. I had tried the generic planners from Lakeshore Learning, and even Erin Condren's teacher planner for two years. I wasn't a fan of the price of EC's planner and the fact that for that price I couldn't really personalize it to fit my needs, so I decided to try to make my own.

I ended up LOVING my planner and used it consistently all year {which was a first for me}. This year I updated the look to make it stylish while adding more space for writing. Check it out!

The binder is from Staples. It's a Martha Stewart Discbound Notebook. I chose to go with this rather than having my files bound because I can add/remove pages at any time, and reuse this notebook base every year. {I did have to purchase the Arc punch, but it's so worth it.} I also upgraded the disc size so that I could add more to my notebook. The outside of the notebook ended up getting dirty easily, but I was able to quickly clean it up with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

I did print all of the pages myself. I purchased 32 lb. paper to print on. It holds better and prints better. I don't have to worry about bleed through with this paper - for printer ink or pens. I also found that when writing on 32 lb. paper with a pencil, it erases a lot better than on regular paper.

The divider tabs are also from Staples and from the Martha Stewart Discbound system. I used my label maker with clear tape to label the tabs.

I created 5 different "themes" for this planner. They're all $17, with the exception of the plain planner, which is $15. Each planner has around 297 pages...all depending on the theme. The best part is that every year I'll upload the new calendars for no extra cost! You just have to redownload. So it's a one-time buy. To see my planners in my TPT store, click here.


  1. Wow, I love your planner! Great job. It is always so nice to make something exactly the way YOU want it!
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  2. I loved using my planner from you last year. Can't wait to start printing off this years!

  3. I love my "homemade" planner and don't think I could go back to using a store bought one. Yours looks great! Love the Martha Stewart binder!

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  4. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea!! This is MARVELOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where did you purchase your discbound hole puncher?

    One Fab Teacher

    P.S Love your name


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