The Teacher’s Daybook 2008-2009

My copy of Jim Burke’s handy teacher’s planner, The Teacher’s Daybook, arrived this week.  I mentioned previously that the planner had been published before July in the past, but this year was released on July 10, and I wondered why.  It turns out the planner runs from August to July for this year, and my guess would be that the change is permanent.  I would imagine the change was made because most schools start in August and it makes more sense for that to be the beginning of the year, but it leaves previous Daybook users with a month-long gap for this year.  It’s not a terribly big deal, except that I have a meeting on Tuesday, and I like to have things like that written down in my planner in the proper place.  And yes, I am a little OCD.

The weekly calendars have been revamped, and time will have to tell about whether I like it or not.  The old calenders had more space, which was good for me because I usually have four or five preps, and the large space made dividing my preps easier.  The smaller spaces will possibly still work for me.  If you are a teacher with one prep (and if you are, I hate you — not really — I’ve had one prep before and still hated my job), you should love the change.

Anyway, Jim Burke is ten kinds of awesome, and if you are an English teacher (or really, just a teacher), do yourself a favor and check out his Web site.  He is the graphic organizer king.

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4 thoughts on “The Teacher’s Daybook 2008-2009

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    I am SO jealous! I bought mine from B&N and they don't plan to ship until the 28th!.I am concerned about the small writing area as well.

    Love the site – keep up the good work!

  2. Thanks Alana. I have found in the past that Heinemann books take forever to ship from Amazon, so I suppose it stands to reason the same would be true of B&N. I don't know if this applies to just new releases, however, because all of the Heinemann books I've bought from Amazon were new releases. I finally canceled my order for Penny Kittle's book, and wouldn't you know it, they shipped like the next week. Pre-planning starts for me on August 6, and I wanted to have my planner well in advance, so I ordered it directly from Heinemann. However, if you can wait, I suggest Amazon or B&N because you can generally get free shipping deals and other discounts.

  3. This looks awesome. How big is this book? Does it fit in your purse or does it cover your desk? Do you really find it helpful????

  4. Carol, the book is about the size of a standard spiral notebook, so it most likely won't fit in your purse, but it fits inside the bags I use to carry to school. I really, truly do find it helpful mainly because of all of the space to reflect. I should actually use that space more than I do, but it's good. Plus there are tips throughout and reproducible forms in the back for housekeeping type things teachers have to do.

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