I've tried binders and loose papers, but they seem so bulky, or there are too many papers and I lose track, or I keep having to scribble them out or rewrite them because my plans were constantly changing due to unexpected things happening in my day, like Para absences and no subs, student tantrums, fire drills, etc, etc. I would give up and just write them on little post its and stick them all over the place. I was also relying on my memory (hahahaha), which didn't work so well. With me teaching so many different group/subjectss and putting together an entire day, I needed something a little more structured that I could reference throughout the day. So naturally, I turned to Pinterest, a teacher's best friend and resource. I love Pinterest!!
And I found this pin http://www.pinterest.com/pin/104145810105058096/
and this one http://www.pinterest.com/pin/193162271490595040/
You can click on the pins to get more information. I also saw a similar post on someone's blog but I must have deleted it because I can't find it, otherwise I would also give them credit. And I found the blog, it is from Life Skills in High School. This is her example.
In any case, a light bulb went off. None of these samples were perfect for me because they had too many spaces, or not enough,or required too much set up, etc. But the style and concept of the planner is perfect for what I do because of it's flexibility, and who doesn't love that!
I decided to take the planner we have access to at my school and just add post its. I chose this because it is set up for a 7 period day. And no more messes. I can change the post its, move them around, and edit the entire book without doing a lot of extra work. There's even a way to write your lesson plans on your computer and print them on to posts its if you want. I don't have a link but I have seen it on pinterest, so therefore it is true. But that's too much work for me, I am looking for SIMPLE and EASY. Anyway, here is how mine turned out:
This is the planner we use at my school, although you can use whatever you want, including notebook paper, a spiral, binder, etc.
There are spaces for 6 classes going across, which works out perfectly for me because of our 7 period day, with one period that is a panning period. I try to follow the bell schedule the best that I can. The days of the week go down.
And there you have it.