A good teacher can never be over planned! When looking for a traditional planner, I can never find just the right product for teaching. This year I created my own and I've never been more organized! I keep these for one quarter at a time in a three ring binder on my desk.
I have my daily schedule and a place to write my tasks in one place. Before each day, I make sure I have a summary of what I'm doing written to keep me on track. As little things come up, I write them on future calendar days and then don't worry about them again. This is simply the best organizational system I have come up with to keep myself on track.
This zip file includes three Word documents that you can further customize to meet your needs:
Weekly Planner: an overview of the coming week. As tasks/events arise for the coming weeks, I simply turn to this page for the week and jot it down.
Daily Planner: a one page overview of the day - On mine, I have written in the items that are constant (Attendance, Lunch Count, etc.) and make five copies for each week. At the beginning of each week, I review what is on the weekly sheet, update it, and plot it out on the appropriate days. This process takes me about 10 minutes and pays enormous rewards! Throughout the day, the binder stays open to this page and I can record tasks and notes throughout the day. It makes a great diary of my day.
Unit Planner: This is where I do my brainstorming for new units and then write up as a finished product.
Weekly Planner: I transfer the pieces of my unit plan to this one page, at a glance sheet for each subject area I teach. This is kept in my three ring binder and keeps me on track. An example of a completed plan is included in the zip file.