Teacher Planning Weekly To Do List


What’s a teacher to do when her to-do list is outrageous? Here’s how I try to streamline super-busy weeks as a teacher using this free teacher planning to-do list.

Free weekly To Do List Template for Teachers - Binder Printable - KindergartenWorks

If you’re a reader of mine then you know how much of a sanity-saver my teacher planning binder has been for me! And I hope that if you’ve made one, that you can say the same!

But, let’s be real.

There are some weeks that my to-do list doesn’t fit in the small spaces of my lesson plan binder.

For me, it seems to happen when preparing for the first week of school, during report card time and the end of the school year.

So, what’s a teacher to do?

I like to work smart – so I want everything in one place as much as possible without achieving a level of clutter.

Free To Do List Template for Teachers - Binder - KindergartenWorks

For me, that means having a to-do list that can lay flat in my teacher planning binder. Close at hand — no post-its everywhere — no piles.

It’s a perfect solution.

And usually, for me – it’s temporary. I’ll use this weekly to-do list for a week or two until I’ve got the majority of my list knocked out and can go back to using my simple before and after school spaces in my lesson planning template.

However, I think this would totally work for many teachers as an ongoing weekly thing. Let me explain how that might work.

How to Make Your Planning To-Do List

Here’s how you can pull your to-do list together for a week or two – or for an entire school year if you want!

It’s pretty much print ‘n go.

  1. Print the number of pages you want. Print them double-sided to save space and bulk.
  2. Hole punch your copies to lay flat for a week-at-a-glance in your teacher planning binder.
  3. Place a binder clip or paper clip from your binder’s divider to this current week. That way it shows up when you turn to this section of your binder. {time saver!}
  4. Easily flip to your to-do list using your lesson plans as a reference to add to or subtract from your list for the week.
  5. Write yourself notes to remember, things to copy and emails to answer, etc.

Another option might be to make a stand-alone set of bound to-do lists. Think of it like a mini-day planner.

I’ve included a half-sheet size to-do list. This size would be perfect for binding to make a notepad to slip into your teacher bag or lay out neatly on your teacher desk.

Free To Do List Template for Teachers - Half Sheet Version - KindergartenWorks

Either of those options should get you started.

Now – it’s up to you. You can do it!

You can rock your to-do list and get it all done.

Because let’s be honest, sometimes during those crazy weeks, you just need to cross something off your list!

Matching Teacher Organization Pieces

The inspiration for the look of these to-do lists came from the matching pieces I created for my teacher binder.

If you love them, you can get them too.

First I’d like to share my staff meeting notes pages. They make taking notes during a staff meeting a little more pleasant.

Staff Meeting Notes Paper

Some space to write, hash out ideas, write reminders, doodle to keep yourself awake… {ahem}

But my ultimate favorite is the teacher planning calendar.

2019-2020 Printable Calendar Template Teacher Planning

This yearly calendar keeps me going forward and helps me pull it all together.

It’s amazing.

So, are you ready to bump up your awesomeness with the weekly planning to-do list?

I’ve got your back.

free weekly planning to do list for teachers

Download Weekly Planning To-Do List

Now you’ve got a place to write down your tasks, things you want to prioritize, people to call and things you want to remember for the upcoming week.

Writing it all in one place and crossing things off as I go helps me through those crazy-busy weeks each school year. I hope it can help you too.

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  1. I just wanted to say thanks! I am a first year kindergarten teacher and school starts tomorrow! I have been following you all summer and implementing your great ideas. I’ve read a lot of kinder bloggers, but your approach and philosophy meshed with mine the best. I’ve learned a lot and feel prepared…nervous, but prepared. I was wondering what curriculum you use and specifically what assessment you use to start the year off?

    1. You’re welcome Angie! Best wishes to you as you start tomorrow – I hope everything goes as smoothly as can be. Thanks for sharing how we line up, that’s so fun to “meet” others who think similarly. I’m not one for following perscribed curriculum to be honest… my curriculum binders always just landed in the closet to be never seen again. {{sheepish smile}} I started with my own themes (I like using read alouds the best) and taught this unit: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Who-Took-the-Cookie-Name-Recognition-Balanced-Literacy-Unit-120852?aref=ovo4gh8l and this one for math: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Monster-Numbers-Audio-Book-Puzzles-and-Mini-Book-136517?aref=ldrx2xs1 to get the ball rolling. To start the year – we did this assessment to measure and track growth: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kindergarten-Common-Core-Reading-and-Math-Data-Tracking-and-Assessments-560110?aref=xmabjijs.

  2. These are so cute! Love them and will be using them to get my planning started and to stay organized this year. That was one of my “New School Year Resolutions.” Thanks for the free download.

  3. I already use your binder kit, and love the week at a glance pages! One question, what is the wonderful font that you use for your cover pages?

  4. You have read my mind! I have literally been sitting on my bed since 9 am, it is now 11 pm reading and posting, working and cleaning, talking and a million other things! The whole time I kept thinking how I needed something other than my planner/calendar to organize the things I HAVE to do every day, week in and week out. Well, this is it! So thank you for reading my mind and for helping me with my ADHD moments. I am hoping that listing these things will unclutter my mind…


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