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I am a writer. What separates me from others who are not considered writers is that I write. Seems obvious, but in the last year or so, I've had to remind myself of that fact. So anything that supports my writing supports my best self. When I received my copy of the Intentional Educator journal I was thrilled. The journal reminded me of a bible, which elevated any thoughts I would create and enter into the pages. I love the focus on "mindfulness." Not only was I encouraged to write, I was encouraged to reflect on myself as a woman, educator, and writer. I am thankful for the opportunity to support my mind and spirit with this journal and to begin and or end each day with purpose.
Great Product! The monthly and weekly planning pages are easy to follow and I love the "looking back" pages built in for reflection on my practice. This is a planner every educator can use to improve their organization and productivity, but most importantly it can help any teacher in becoming better at what they do because it was designed for teachers. This is a one of a kind super useful planner.
I love this planner. It contains best practices. Room to write and quality paper. I also love the monthly and weekly organization.
This planner is great for all levels of teaching and reflecting on lessons. I love the inspirational messages throughout.
As an educator, I find myself on a quest every summer to find the "right" planner/academic calendar. I go to all the local stores, I search online, and I can never find exactly what I am looking for. Of course, I need a calendar, but I always wanted more than that, and it was one of those things where I would have a hard time explaining it, but I would know it once I saw it. As luck would have it, I was at a conference and I ran into a friend who had this planner. After I ransacked her book, (my friend is very patient and kind) I decided to get one of my own and I love it. I love the fact that there are inspirational quotes throughout, places to write notes and a to do list for every week. Additionally, in between the weeks, there are pages devoted to self-reflection. The back has a folder which comes in very handy. I love the fact that the months are tabbed so you can access them quickly. My only regret is that I didn't find it sooner. I will recommend it to all my friends.
I received my Intentional Educator Journal as a gift and I could not have been more thrilled! As a new educational leadership doctoral student who just also started a new job supporting hundreds of first-generation college students attending top schools across the nation, the journal could not have been more timely. I like the size of the journal, the feel of the pages and the cover, and I love the colors of grey, pink, and orange mixed in together. The structure of the journal is perfect for me! I can fill in the prompts in the mornings after meditating and then in the evenings after a long day of work and a workout, I can use the right side to reflect on how my day went and what I learned. This journal proved immensely useful in my Leadership as a Reflective Practice class which is why I included it in my daily structured practice for my doctoral program. Using the Intentional Educator Journal is a sure way to ensure you remain a mindful, intentional, and reflective leader and learner. I am even inspired to return to my creative writing. Get yours now and journal on!
What is Intentional Education?
Intentional Education is the daily decision to live, learn, teach, and lead through the purposeful and holistic integration of mindset (the beliefs, attitudes, and dispositions that shape our thoughts and ultimately our actions), mindfulness (a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment), reflective practice (a continuous cycle of self-observation and self-evaluation) in all areas of one’s life and self-regulation, the ability to control and manage one's self, by oneself in pursuit of long-term goals.
As Intentional Educators, it is imperative that we bring our best selves to everything we do. To educate with intention is to develop our minds, bodies, and spirits as we seek to teach, learn, lead and live fuller lives. Thus, I have attempted to incorporate that philosophy into the planner.
The Intentional Educator Planner is designed to resonate with educators who share the philosophy behind it, as well as those who share my delight in discovering items that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are functional. It is also meant to be a living, ever-evolving, work-in-progress (like me), so I welcome feedback and suggestions on how it, too, may evolve to best suit the needs of the amazing educators who use it.
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How the planner came to be
Since kindergarten, the idea of returning to school in September has always filled me with the anticipation and promise of a new academic year. As a student, I couldn't wait to shop for new school supplies. I loved choosing new pens, pencils, and especially notebooks that would hold my thoughts and ideas. Even now as an educator, these items, such as staplers, tape dispensers, desk calendars, and file organizers that make an empty desk come alive, continue to excite me. All of them bring me joy each year--purchasing them and using them. Yet, the one item that is indispensable to all teachers - the lesson planner - has never brought me joy, neither to purchase nor to use.
Every September, my school would gift each teacher with a generic green combination planning, attendance, and grades recording book. Besides being ugly to look at, the plan book was not functional for me. The layout did not match the way I planned my day - the spaces were never big enough, the pages allotted for attendance and grades were unnecessary as those things were done online, and the format of the weekly and daily layout and did not coordinate well with my school day. In addition, there was no room to jot down additional thoughts which meant that my book was always filled with post-it notes and I was forced to carry several notepads to keep track of all that could not be captured in the cookie-cutter planner.
After trying to make it work, I would usually chuck the one they gave us by November and buy a day planner from my local supply store. Suffice it to say, these planners were poorly designed for full-time teachers. So, one day I decided to create a planner for myself that would reflect the structure of my teaching day and would also incorporate the holistic way I viewed myself as a person and an educator--a busy, mindful, multifaceted, reflective high school teacher and department chairperson who teaches several classes, advises multiple after school clubs and leads the English department--and that's exactly what I did. I designed the pages, included a folder, had them bound, and used it as my own. Several teachers I work with noticed it and asked me to make plan books for them as well. After a few years of receiving many positive comments and requests to make copies for my colleagues, I decided to create and publish the Intentional Educator Planner.
With so much of our documenting, note-taking and unit planning composed digitally, pretty soon we may not use hand-written day planners. I currently keep my yearly unit plans online. However, the Intentional Educator Planner is unique in that it is designed for those of us, like myself, who are also comfortable with an offline planner that can be held in our hands, placed on our desks and taken from class to class. And is always accessible even without wifi. It is also for those who take pleasure in jotting ideas and recording reminders or lesson reflections immediately on paper. As educators, I believe that best practice will never simply be about the product or platform we use to record or store our plans, but it will always be about who we are as practitioners, the time and commitment we dedicate to planning and the professional learning that occurs when we engage in thoughtful conversations and reflection with others who desire to educate with intention.
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