Back to School Bash {Giveaway Hop}

It's time for the annual Back to School Bash!  Each blog will be hosting their own giveaway for $100 dollars worth of goodies. This year we have teamed up with even more bloggers to bring prizes-a-plenty to you.  


I'm super excited to feature Jose Cortez from Classroomtopia and Berteau & Co. Jose is a second year, 4th grade teacher with a Masters in Education from the University of North Texas. As a graphic artists, Jose has been able to merge his two passions to produce a stylish all-in-one organizer.


I've used an Erin Condren for several years and love it too. However, I want to share my reflections on this little gem. For many, the size and cost of the EC planner has them looking for alternatives, so I decided to take an opportunity to feature a review with my giveaway post.


Jose offers four different designs. I provided an image at the end of this post so that you can see the mint, pink, navy, and stripe. This planner is an elementary school teacher's organizational companion for the entire school year.  


The corner details make the Classroom Planner feel perfectly glam. The gold accents complement the foil apples on the planner cover for an eye catching, posh look.


The rainbow design, inside both the the front and back covers, elicits excitement. The fact that it has pockets makes me as giddy as a school girl.

 


The laminated planner tabs will make navigating through each section a breeze. I'm truly smitten with the color combination.


What sets this planner apart from most on the market is the student and teacher sections. Although the competitors offer some of the organizational pages, it's the attention to a teacher's need that is met with this planner.  


Although it's aesthetics, I adore the simplistic doodles found in the header and/or footer throughout each page. If you recall, Jose's background also includes graphic design.   


The safety procedures happens to be a page you won't find in many planners. It's essential to have a plan prepared. Once written, this page can be photocopied for a substitute binder.


I've owned several different planners with no mention of a specials schedule. I can see this page being useful for some and not others based on a rotation schedule. One thing to keep in mind, Jose has outstanding customer support. The planners are not customizable at this point in time, but I'm certain if suggestions were made, Jose would take them in consideration for his 2017-2018 planner.


Okay friends, I've NEVER seen the early release schedule provided in a planner. He has thought out the small details of our year. It's simply above and beyond!


The following pages are also those I've never seen included in a teacher planner and key for many. As a primary teacher, I find there are many things students aren't capable of doing independently. Having a collection of contacts to help prep materials is key to having a successful year. Let's face it, we cannot do it all ourselves.  



The FAV Substitutes page is brilliant. In my school, we are often given a business card and a daily write up with the substitute's contact information. I have a spot to store the cards but without fail, I'm in need of a sub when I'm not in my classroom where I can easily access the information.  


A standard page for many planners includes a student roster. What sets this page apart is the addition of the ID number. We provide each child with an ID card at our school but littles have an uncanny ability to bite, bend, break, and lose their badges in a blink. Having the ID number on hand and easily accessible makes preparing the replacement super simple.  


The following is a standard page in most planners but the header created in a marquee font is on point. The attention to details makes my heart flutter. 


The transportation log is unique to a teacher planner. Having this printable to copy and add to a substitute binder will make dismissal a breeze. Don't get me wrong, instruction is important, but when subs are in my classroom, the two important moments of the day are to feed my kids and get them home safely.  



The Allergy/Medical Needs page is one that is often overlooked in a competitor's planner. Hopefully, you leave this information for a substitute. Besides being a reference for you at the start of the year, this page can be photocopied and set inside a substitute binder to ensure your student's safety during your absence.  



Student Information is another standard page for most planners. We keep student information cards on hand in each classroom, but I see the value in having access to the information once I leave school grounds. 


The next few pages are my absolute favorite! Although one sample is shown, you will receive additional copies of the log and conference forms to get you through 180 contract days.  





You'll receive multiple copies of the student checklist. These pages can be used for grades, field trips, scholastic orders, celebrations, etc. At present, Jose only provides the planner for teachers with classes of 25 or less. As his business grows, he plans to create additional planners for larger class sizes or even those that teach multiple classes.


With a mandatory PLC each week, I find the following pages very useful. I can provide a snapshot of our learning gains and challenges with the Assessment Data. This glimpse can help quickly identify our high flyers or sweet and lows during our discussions.


The following pages will repeat each month. You will be provided a note taking page, to do checklist page, and two page calendar. Each month is exactly the same except the design! I don't plan to give you commentary between August and July.  I want you to take in the beauty of Jose's designs. 























The final tabbed section in the planner includes your lesson planning pages. For people with extensive planning, these pages will serve as a snapshot of your week. I use these pages as a reference for materials and the standards. In the top left corner, you have an apple to record the week in school. Along the right side of the days of the week, you have a spot to record the date. At the top of the planning pages, you're provided a subject line and below a standard/objective line. Jose added 40 copies to get you through the year.


To conclude, you are provided an acknowledgement and thank you page prior to the final pocket in the planner!




To review, this planner is not currently customizable. Jose does provided an editable teacher planner but it's a digital file. As his business grows, Jose will provide more options. If you're dying for this planner and cannot wait for a giveaway announcement, Jose has provided my followers with a promo code for $10 off.  Use BTS10PG at checkout!

Product Details
Approximately 9.5 x 8.5
Color Throughout
Hard Cover
Gold Foil Accents
Gold Metal Corners
Laminated Tabs
100 GSM Paper
Flat Lay Design
2 Pockets

Pages Inside
Personal Information
Daily Class Schedule
Important Dates
School Directory
Safety Procedures
Specials Schedule
Early Release Schedule
Classroom Volunteers
Field Trip Information
Favorite Substitutes

Student Tab
25 Student Roster
2 page Birthdays
Transportation
Allergy/Medical Needs
2 Page Seating Chart
7 Page Student Information

Parent Tab
2 Page Conference Schedule
 9 Pages Parent/Teacher Conference Log

Checklist Tab
Six 2 Page Student Checklists
3 Pages Assessment Data

Calendar Tab
Each month has;
Tab
Cover Page
Note Page

Lesson Tab
40 2 Page Lesson Plan
Includes spots for; 
Weekly Number
Dates
Subject
Standard/Objective
Available for 7 Subjects


Two followers will be selected on August 9th!
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OOHHHH, one last thing! Be sure to check out Instagram on Wednesday for the GRAND PRIZE announcement and how to enter!  




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R said...

I like to-do lists :)

Lisa Marshall said...

I love the checklist setion.

Amy said...

I love the colors and fonts of the planner.

Melissa Miller said...

LOVE this planner...a lot of details that aren't found in other teacher planners!

Whitney Brame said...

I love the specials and the favorite subs section, as well as the build in parent communication section!

Ashley Tokan said...

These are beautiful!!!! Perfect for any teacher!!

Mrs. Sandbothe said...

I am so sad, I like this planner better than my EC one I just got. I need to remember this for next year, unless I win!!! I love the that it seems better suited to teacher needs with all the forms. I love the covers! The gold accents are my fav.! Thanks for sharing this new idea to me!

Emily Cone said...

I love it all! It's so "clean" and purposeful.

powell said...

I like the to do lists

Amy Barnes said...

I love how bright and inviting it is. Makes you want to write in it everyday!

Amy Barnes said...

Sorry, AND I really like the stripe one! Too cute!

JC594390 said...

Omg I need that planner!!

Amy Allen said...

As someone who is not type A, I really need this planner. It's adorable!

Taylor Thompson said...

Love the colors! I think my favorite aspect is the tabs and the allergy needed. Such a smart thing to have on hand all the time. Love!

Tisha Pepe said...

I love the page for the PLC's because that is becoming a big part of our week! And the planner is so pretty!

Amanda said...

The allergy and medications tabs are so helpful. And all the colours!

Unknown said...

I wish I would have seen this before I bought my EC! I love everything about this planner!

abayuk said...

Planners save my life-when I remember to use it lol thank you

Mollie McIntosh said...

I love the whole month calendar view!

Miss Karen said...

love the colorful monthly tabs.

Christine Sloan said...

I love how colorful it is!

Kailie Schroeder said...

To do lists and that it is colorful!

Kailie Schroeder said...

To do lists and that it is colorful!

Mrs. Schayot's Classroom Shenanigans said...

REALLY love the new alternative to not having an EC! Loved my EC, but I love having another option as well. Great review, I hope to enjoy this planner in the future!! :)

Shik said...

Your planners are awesome! I like the color contrast, I can't pick just one favorite! <3

Miss Torres said...

I LOVE everything about these planners, but especially the colors, and all of the tabs!

DC adventure girl said...

I love everything about it!! I especially like the color combo and the whimsy of the drawings and doodles.

DC adventure girl said...

I love everything about it!! I especially like the color combo and the whimsy of the drawings and doodles.

lauren.deintinis said...

The colors are so motivating, but I feel that more than anything it will help me plan over the year as a whole! The monthly to-do lists are my favorite. Also, I love that it includes parent communication pages. Totally teacher friendly!

ChrislynD said...

I like the glam! And the smaller size :)

Elizabeth Leary said...

Wow this is awesome that planner has everything you need. You would only need to take this and a notebook to meetings. This is awesome. Thank you, for showing us this and putting it up for raffle!!

Dawn Pohlman said...

Can't imagine having all of this in one notebook...a dream!

Nicole Ledden said...

I love everything about this planner! Love the colors, the construction and the very well thought out contents! Such a great alternative to EC!

Julie DiBenedetto said...

I adore the checklists and tabs!!!

Missy Overhill said...

I love how nice it's organized and I love that there's pockets to put sheets.

Amanda said...

Such a fun giveaway! I can't wait to start my second year of teaching!

Janel Cabrera said...

I love the entire planner. But I especially love how pretty and different each "month at a glance" are.

Shannon Kelly said...

I love the laminated tabs!

Charlotte said...

I love the colors and how pretty and functional it is!

Jessica Lamb said...

I really like the gold edging on the covers!

Heather Vidrine said...

I love the gold! Also seems a lot more teacher friendly than some other teacher planner. I believe I would really use all the pages in this planner.

Suzanne Grisham said...

I love the "To Do" section for each month. I also love the colors. This could really help me stay organized.

Amanda Nossett said...

The to-do section!

Kelly Barbe said...

I like all the sections that other planners don't add!

Mrs AIC said...

I love how fun the planner looks!

Beth Ann Kappmeyer said...

I love how everything is in one spot. Don't have to worry about looking through different places.

Dina said...

I love the colors and the to do lists!!

Dail Eastman said...

I like the calendar/to do sections!

Lifeinthird said...

Where do I start about this planner? From the chic look to its functionality! I love the lists and tabs.

Alyssa Winter said...

I love this planner!! I may have to get it either way :)

Taylor Gambert said...

I love how it has everything in one, so I don't need to carry a grade book, attendance book, and my own planner around

1stgradefireworks said...

Love the colors! GREAT! wendy mccarty 1stgradefireworks

Madeline said...

I love the colors and the design. The turquoise and gold is on point!

MeaganDenae said...

I love all the tab options because if I don't have time to write in information I can still organize!!

Ashley McDowell said...

I really like the design of this planner

Mary Doyle said...

I love the entire planner! But I do love the spot for favorite subs (especially in a pinch I don't always remember names and numbers)

Alaina Cannizzaro said...

Love the monthly to-dos!! But I really love all of it. I love how everything is broken down. What a beautiful and detailed planner!

Ashley McDowell said...

I really like the overall design of this planner.

The13wallflowers said...

So pretty!

Miranda Vega said...

I love the design! And I really appreciate that literally EVERYTHING is included. He really took the time to create a planner than hits the tiniest things for a teacher's life!

shawn weigartz said...

I love all of it but the student information and field trips pages are extra amazing!!!

Kathy Fidler said...

I love color and also everything in one spot!

Kim McGilvrey said...

This planner is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing all of this information about it!

Karen F. said...

I love how super organized it is !! They didnt leave a thing out that you would need as a teacher :-)

Kim Myers said...

Honestly, I love the entire planner! I love how it has everything you need. The "to-do" is probably my favorite thing about his planner (other than the color ;))

Heather White said...

I love this planner. I especially love the student checklist - I am always needing those. Beautiful.

Haley Smith said...

I love all the extra pages! Early release, volunteers, etc.

lornamarga said...

Looks lovely!! Maybe next year!!

Ashley Lapham said...

I love that there is a page for everything I can think of!

Stephanie Gamm said...

How can I chose just one thing I love? I love how beautiful it is and it has such great reference pages to keep me organized!

Krystal said...

The pockets on the covers! Love pockets!

Michelle Ebers said...

I like the student tab section.

Natalie Richards said...

This planner looks amazing! I love how it would help keep me organized while learning my new school and county!

Sabrina said...

I love the parent log.

Julie Pettersen said...

I love the notes section.

Hannah said...

I love the lesson planning section!

Rajalique M said...

I would really love win this planner!

Holly said...

I LOVE how glam it looks!

Kathryn Willis said...

I really love everything about this planner. All the information you need in one spot!awesome!

Emily Bravenec said...

I love the design!! They are so cute!

Mrs. Davies said...

I absolutely LOVE the Glam!! So cute!!!

Natalie said...

I love all the designs!

Susan said...

All of it is awesome! If I had to choose one part, it would be the parent contact section.

Susan said...

All of it is awesome! If I had to choose one part, it would be the parent contact section.

Kris Gapinski said...

I love how classy it looks. I also really like the parent/teacher contact log.

Laura Schulze said...

Oh! It's so hard to choose! Super cute! Love the communication forms! The layout is super cute too!

Susan said...

I love it all!!!

Andrea Serena said...

I love the lesson tabs! But mostly I love how it allowas to keep track of all school things in one place! Talk about efficient organization!

Steph said...

This is a amazing planner! I love all the bright colors!

Trish Johnson said...

I love❤ the parent conference log section!!

Trisha said...

I love the colors! The favorite substitute list is a great idea too! I tend to lose individual phone numbers.

ncar said...

Love the planner

Noelle Gravley said...

I love the to-do lists! I'm constantly making to-do lists on sticky notes. It would be great to have them in my planner!

JulieM said...

This planner looks gorgeous!

EEvans said...

Gorgeous planner with such attention to detail there really is a place for everything!

bethm said...

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ This planner

Cassandra Johnson said...

I love the covers! Absolutely beautiful!

Danielle Weston said...

I love the record-keeping pages! A great way to keep myself organized and keep track of conversations with parents, assessments, etc. all in one place!

Laura Randall said...

Planners in the classroom are AH-MAZING! The best way to keep a teacher organized!

Alisha Welvaert said...

I LOVE everything about this planner! I don't think I can choose just one page as my favorite!

Michelle N said...

A beautiful way to be organized. I love it!

charlotte sills said...

It is so pretty and I love all of the sections!

I'm Destiny said...

I love the aesthetics of this planner! Beautiful colors that catch your eye and a great way to stay organized! Who would know what a teacher needs better than a teacher!

catherine said...

My favorite thing about the planner is the headers and monthly to do's. The layouts are so colorful and inviting and beg to have something written in them.

Jill said...

Gorgeous planner! I love the colors and fonts!

Tarryn said...

It's so hard to pick my favorite thing! I love the early release schedule page! It's different and I think that would help me remember to restructure the day! I almost bought an erin condren planner a few weeks ago but i held off-I'm really loving this planner!

Smith First said...

The student checklist is my favorite part, most planners don't include one and it is extremely helpful.

Molly Guest said...

I love that this planner has everything all in one spot!! That means...no more plundering through several notebooks to find the list or paper you might need!!! I just LOVE it(:

luvzenkms2(Leea) said...

I love the "to dos" for each month....anything to keep me on track is great!!!Thanks for the chances!!

Lauren Royal said...

I like how everything is together and it is colorful. I like the checklist and the parent conference sheet.

tallgirlz said...

I love the thought that went into the content design ~ you didn't miss a thing! Beautiful colors!

Stella Cook said...

I love the whole thing!

K. Mead said...

I love that the planner has 7 boxes to plan for each day!

Lauren Reid said...

I'm SO glad you posted this! I've been searching for a planner and could not find one that really had ALL the things I wanted as a teacher. And OMG on the doodle goodness! xo Lauren (littleblueeraser)

Steph O said...

Wow! This planner is amazing! I love the safety procedures and allergy pages! It would be so easy to copy and include for subs.

Kindersrule said...

Love this planner...best one I've seen that meets my needs, especially the Specials section.

Kindersrule said...

Love this planner...best one I've seen that meets my needs, especially the Specials section.

Alicia Morris said...

This planner is new to me! I really like how thought out it is. I like that I could toss all the separate binders I have for everything and this could be my all in one!! I love the space it gives you for planning.

Shanasi said...

Beautiful planner!

Rachel Benoit said...

I like the parent teacher communication log!

Jessica Abernethy said...

I like that it has all the extras,such as a procedures and specials schedule!

Emily Larkin said...

I'm in love with this planner! How did I not know these existed?!

Sara Kovach / Dare to be Different - Teach! said...

The gorgeous colors are my favorite parts of this planner. That gorgeous checklist is to die for!!!! Who wouldn't want this planner.

Susy said...

I have always used the EC planners, but they are a bit pricey. Thanks for all of the pics you posted on your blog. I think these planners would be a great alternative. They are super cute and include much of what we need as teachers. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these beauties.

Courtney B said...

Love the colors and the organization! I would have to say my favorite part is the parent/teacher contact form.

Chrystal said...

I would LOVE this planner. I've been obsessed with planners since high school!

Caroline Pilman said...

The color scheme is fabulous!

Adrienne Johnson said...

This planner looks amazing!!

Mrs. Brown said...

I like the lists section. I am always making lists to do!

Julie Mutchler said...

Love it all! Nothing was forgotten!!

meg said...

I love that it is a hard cover planner!! The pages are SUPER cute too... I used the EC one for the last 3 years and hopefully I can get this one in time for the first day of school!!

Jenna Lombardo said...

I like the allergy list!

Meg Dulion said...

I love the student list data list. I'm gonna be a first year special ed teacher and I feel like that is gonna make a difference!

Julie said...

I love the color throughout the planner

kmdooley said...

This planner is a lot more involved then the Teach365.

Caitlin Schock said...

I love, love, love the large to-do lists at the beginning of each month! I also find the safety procedures page essential!

Sarah Cortazzo said...

You're right, this planner is SO much more teacher needs centered than other planners I've seen. I'm sort of regretting getting the EC planner for this year already!

Unknown said...

I love this planner! I love how they designed everything from after school plans for the kiddos, allergy lists, birthdays, and a place to track data right in your planner! Perfect for the classroom and the colors are fabulous! :)

Lauren Chapman said...

Planner looks awesome!!! Love being organized!

Katy said...

Love the different patterns on the monthly pages! So cute!

Christy Portie said...

Super cute- love the field trip and volunteer sections!

D. Cricks said...

I would love these new planners!

Rose247 said...

I love love love this planner! So cute and helpful. :)

Amy M said...

The parent/teacher conference log is my favorite part!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

irishprincess37 said...

I love the to-do lists!

.... said...

Love the planner! I need something like this to help me this yr, especially since the number of students for my class has increased. This will help me plan and organize better.

Kayla Taylor said...

I love the pink with gold!

Rachel said...

I like all of the colorful pages :)

Lori Raines said...

I like the check lists and the colors!

JENNIFER RAMSEY said...

I love the colors and how detailed this planner is!!!

Linda Groce said...

Oh wow!! This planner is very nice!! Lots of useful pages inside! Thanks for showing us all the details!! Linda's Learning Loot

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Ms. Morgart said...

I absolutely love the colors and designs! Makes planning and being organized so much fun!

Amy Ball said...

Such a well thought out planner! I love that everything is in one place! I also love that the designer is a UNT graduate! Go Eagles!

Tara Dye said...

I like the field trip and substitute information!

Amanda Walters said...

I love all of the student tabs, it's great to have all of the information handy!

Georgia Anderson said...

These planners are ADORABLE! I am definitely putting it on my wish list!

Jasmine Brown said...

I love the student allergies page! Rather than having to check all of my student info. sheets to remember allergies, I can just refer to a single page!

Miss. Poling said...

I like the fact that Saturday and Sunday are in one box giving your more space to write on Monday-Friday.

JamiGeorge said...

Really love the flexibility with this planner! So many different assortment of categories which makes it easy to use. I hope they make one with more than 25 student in the case of students leaving and coming in. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Stephanie Carrington said...

Love this!

Amber Woolever said...

I love all of the extra student pages..I also really love the cover! I wish I wouldn't have already bought a planner.

Dail Eastman said...

I like the lead design. I would love to have one of these planners to help with organization!

kteacher said...

Love this!

AmersP said...

I love that this planner incorporates everything you need all in one place with a beautiful cover!

Donna Kaye said...

I like the student information page

Mme Locke said...

This planner is gorgeous! I love all the attention to detail! I love the monthly to-do lists!! Well done!!!
Heather Locke

Theresa Studart said...

I love everything about this planner, especially how chic it looks for a teacher's planner.
Theresa Studart

Stacy Lewis said...

Not only is the planner ADORABLE it has an early release schedule!!

2nd Grade Teacher said...

There is not one part of this planner that I don't LOVE!!! It is FABULOUS!!

Meghan Warren said...

I love the colors and the conference schedule, basically all of it!!

huckerdl06 said...

Love that planner!

Susana Alvarez said...

I purchased this planner last week but would love to give some away to other teachers. I love everything about this planner.

Nicole Swick said...

I love the whole thing! They're so pretty :)

Megan Keefer said...

I love that everything is in one spot!

Renee said...

Love your stuff!

Alissa Wood said...

You can really tell that they thought of every teacher's needs and put them in one spot! I also love that every month is themed! So fun!

Adriana Antunez de Mayolo said...

Love the colors and structure of each page!

Tara Pruitt said...

The colors! everything you need is in one spot! everything is fabulous!

Rdavis said...

This planner is BEAUTIFUL! I love the colors and the parent contact section.

Mariah Mason said...

This planner is adorable and beautiful! I love it!

Elizabeth said...

I love the colors! So pretty!

BL said...

This planner looks amazing!

STACY HOBAN said...

I'm in love! Amazing planner!!

Elizabeth said...

I love the colors! So pretty!

Amanda Bassler said...

I love all the detailed sections. The transportation list, weather drills, and student medical section makes it perfect for copying and leaving for a sub! Everything about this planner is genius! :D

Ellen Cooper said...

Love the parent communication log and to-do lists!

Jennifer McClure said...

Love the planner. What a great give away!

Jennifer Mireles said...

I like that it is very complete. Its so colorful and there's a section for everything.

Alleah Maree said...

AHHHH!!! I love it ALLLLL! I really love how cute the calendar pages are, I love the transportation and safety procedures pages. It's so easy to copy and leave for a sub! So amazing. Fingers crossed! P.s. Also, the little clothespin cute as at the top of some of the calendar pages KILLS me!! ������

Alyssa Byrne said...

I absolutely love the design and layout of this planner! Not to mention the fun colors and easy to use tabs and pages! This planner would help any educator stay neat and organized... which is every teacher's dream! Thanks for the awesome review!

Ann Truong said...

I love the design of it and how in tact it is. My favorite thing about this is that it has all you need as a teacher, and the design is a plus! Couldn't really pick the best section because it's all great!

Arlynnda Christine said...

I love all of the extra pages you don't normally see in planners, like the safety and allergy pages. These are so important for both me and my kids.

Darby Porter said...

I bought an Erin Condren this year but will definitely try this one next year. Thank you for the opportunity to win one and the information about them.

Alex said...

Is it possible to like everything about the planner?

Jessica Wolanin said...

I love the to do lists and the colors! :)

Shannon J. said...

Love all the colors!

tara muro said...

I really like the conference schedule and parent/teacher conference forms.

ReddishAnn said...

I already have my EC planner but now I so wish I had known about Berteau & Co planners!! I love the many different planning pages like the emergency drill page and the favorite substitutes (just to name a few of the ones tha made me go, "oooh").

Alexa Green said...

I love how everything is in one place! You don't have to go through 5 binders to find info :)

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