14 Feb Artful Agenda Careers: Planning With Teachers
An undeniable fact: the best part of Artful Agenda is the users.
Every week for the next few weeks, I want to highlight how people in different careers can use this digital planner to their advantage.
This week, let’s focus on teachers.
Before I was creating apps, I was a high school teacher and loved so many things about that work. Now, as a mom, I have a special place in my heart for teachers. Their ability to go above and beyond while making such an impact in the lives of our children is nothing short of extraordinary.
I wanted to chat with six teachers, who are currently working in the field and learn about their personal experiences with Artful Agenda.
Here’s what they said.
Artful Agenda Has Useful Tools
Firstly, everybody agreed that Artful Agenda has a variety of tools to help teachers with their everyday tasks.
For instance, Kentucky Teacher Brittani says: “I love that I can have my to-do list with my calendar! I also love that I can connect all my calendars to Artful Agenda.”
Marti, a Teacher from Lubbock, Texas, agrees that “being able to have my school calendar automatically integrate with Artful Agenda” is super practical.
She also likes that there’s always space for her tasks thanks to the daily planner view. It makes the scheduling process incredibly straightforward.
Michigan Teacher Heather goes one step further, expressing her happiness that she can “move items from one day to another if I don’t get to that particular activity in class on the day I had originally planned for it.”
Bottom line: teachers find this digital planner is easy, simple and convenient.
It Increases Productivity
Artful Agenda has been enhancing teachers’ productivity levels.
Alexa, a Teacher from Alma, Arkansas, says: “It has helped me organize and keep track of everything going on better because I am not having to search for which post-it I wrote it on.”
Brittani is in 100% agreement: “It helps me keep track of my to-do list much more efficiently.”
In terms of prioritizing, Ohio Teacher Jessica likes the fact that she can “move tasks to different days if needed.”
Heather goes one step further and claims that Artful Agenda is the perfect planning assistant: “I can work on my planning from my office computer, my couch and in the hallway on my phone in between classes!”
One thing that’s almost universally true about teachers- they don’t turn their teacher brain off very often. Artful is a tool that can help you to fit planning into every corner of your day.
It Encourages Organization
Speaking of planning, everybody knows that mapping out lessons is one of the most important tasks a teacher will undertake.
Brittani explains: “Between lesson plans and meetings, we are always planning our next steps. However, we tend to be creative as well. Especially in the Elementary world.”
She continues: “We want things to be efficient but also cute! I feel that having Artful Agenda allows us to express our creativity but also keeps us organized!”
Outside of the adorable options for planning, teachers have deadlines and data to constantly stay on top of.
Marti says: “Staying on top of various due dates and tasks for my special needs students is critical” and she is thankful that there is a planner that exists to aid her with this.
It Helps That It’s Digital
Finally, teachers seem to appreciate that Artful Agenda is digital.
Alexa initially had her reservations. She claims: “I loved buying cute planners.”
She had a big desk paper calendar for work and an Erin Condren planner for home and personal use.
However, she says: “I just had a hard time managing both and making sure I transferred everything onto each one and it never failed that I would need something on the work one when I was home on the weekend.”
She continues: “My favorite thing about Artful is that I still get the paper planner look, yet it’s digital and I always have it with me on my phone.”
Emily, a Teacher in Mayfield, New York, agrees and says: “I love not carrying my planner everywhere.”
Furthermore, Jessica says that Artful Agenda makes her “more likely to record in the digital planner” and keep up with it.
Artful is keeping teachers planned, on track, and with fewer things in their teacher bag- sounds like a winner all around!
The Takeaway: Teachers Adore Artful Agenda
Staying organized is key when you’re a teacher and you have so many things going on at once. Plus so many little people looking up to you!
I was so happy to see the number of teachers using Artful Agenda and how they incorporate it into their daily lives as they are changing the lives of the students they are teaching! The goal of Artful is to make planning fun and purposeful- and it sounds like these teachers are knocking it out of the park.
Sima MathewPosted at 16:53h, 08 May
I would like to see the following on any updates to the planner:
Notebook pages that can be tagged to the event/date or vice versa. Easier to go to a meeting and take notes and then come back to that meeting day for the notes that were taken. It can also be a place where you could put down your thoughts, ideas, drawings so that it would be available later for reference. I keep a notebook of my notes, but I have to flip through a lot of pages to get to the right spot. With this, I just need my iPad and pencil when I go to meetings.
Katy AllenPosted at 16:46h, 03 September
Hi Sima! These are great suggestions, we will add them to our suggestion box. We already have plans for a few of these features as well. 🙂
Trish AmbrosioPosted at 18:35h, 30 April
I tried Artful Agenda some time ago and then dabbled with many planners after that. Artful Agenda has the best google and ical integration hands down! Now that I have committed to making this digital planner work for me, I would love to see the “meal” section customizable so I can replace it with a lesson topic for the day section. I have 5 preps as a high school teacher and it would be great to use that bottom section of the weekly and daily views to contain what I am covering that day. Any chances that is something in the works?
Rosemary MorrisonPosted at 03:30h, 01 May
Hi Trish! Currently the title is already customizable, just click on the pencil icon to change it. It is on our roadmap for the future to also make all of the boxes in the day view with the ability to be either a check list or paragraph style.