Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Teacher Tips on a Snow Day

Way back in the summer I {Jami} told Angie that I would do a “Back to School” guest blog with a few of my favorite tips and tricks for teachers.  Somehow this year has flown by and I’m just getting to it on this snow day.  I’m sure all the teachers out there can agree with how fast the year zooms by once it starts!?!

Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks I use in my classroom.

1.  New Student Bags
I’m sure all the teachers out there can agree that getting a new student in the middle of the year always comes at the most stressful times.  I can speak from recent experience—last Friday as I was ready to leave school I got an email that I would have a new student starting Monday. 

For once, I was not trying to pull everything together making sure that I had all the things I needed for a new student—the name tag, lunch number, birthday candle for our display, labels for folders, desk plates, spelling folders, take-home folders, notebooks, beginning of the year information notes, brochure about our classroom…the list could go on and on.

This year I planned ahead to try to save myself time in the long run by making new student bags.  This summer when I was getting everything ready for my classroom I made 5 extra of everything.  I made a baggie for new students and numbered them 1-5.  As I organized things for my classroom, I put the extras in these baggies (in preparation for students that would arrive mid-year).

Now, I’m able to just pull my “New Student #1”baggie out of my cabinet and I’m ready to go.  All I have to do is add his/her name of the supplies.  This simple trick has made getting a new student so stress-free!!!



2.  Fun Fonts
I LOVE fun, cute fonts!  I especially love DJ Inkers.  Often times I use CDs that have been purchased by my school and download clipart and fonts.  My favorite is Super Fontastic.  You can also download fonts and clip art off of their website.  You can either purchase the whole Super Fontastic package or just one font.  One of my favorite fonts is below. 

Although their fonts are not free, it is well worth it if you are a teacher that makes lots of your own things—and I do!  I pretty much use these fonts for all of my worksheets, newsletters, signs, bulletin board letters, and much more.  It is such a simple touch to make everything so much cuter!

3.  Organizing Construction Paper
I always struggled with finding a good way to organize construction paper.  Once you open it out of the package it's always a mess.  I stumbled across this tip from a friend when I went into her classroom and she had her construction paper drawer open.  What a brilliant idea that I had never thought of--organize construction paper in hanging folder in a file cabinet.  Luckily I have a big cabinet that has a couple of pull out drawers.  All I had to do was insert a file cabinet metal frame, get out some hanging files, and get to sorting.  It's so simple, and yet it makes it so quick and easy to get to the construction paper that you need.


4.  Bulletin Boards
Let me just start by saying that I love bulletin boards!  For some of my fellow teachers, this is one of the most dreaded tasks.  For me, this is one of my very favorite things about being a teacher.  I love coming up with creative ideas and thrifty ways to create great displays to showcase what’s going on my classroom.  It’s kind of my creative outlet and stress reliever some days.

Use fabric.
I always use fabric on the back of my bulletin boards instead of paper.  The teachers out there can agree how difficult it is to measure the paper just right—still it somehow never fits the whole bulletin board and you have to piece it together to cover the whole board—and it impossible to get it stapled up without the paper getting all wrinkled.  I decided to use fabric on my bulletin boards as a suggestion from my co-workers my first year, and I’ve never gone back to paper.  The bulletin boards in my classroom stay the same all year, so it’s easy to put the fabric up and not have to change anything.  I change the bulletin board outside of my door each month, usually based on a holiday theme.  I’ve bought different colors of fabric and cut them to fit my hallway bulletin board perfectly.  Then I use it, take it down, fold it up, and reuse it over and over.

Laminate border.
I always laminate my border.  This is definitely something that takes a little bit of time, but is so worth it!  It makes bulletin board displays looks great, and makes the border stay in great condition to use over and over.  The wavy borders are much more time consuming to cut out.  Because I change the bulletin boards in the hall frequently, I usually try to use the thick, straight borders because they are easier to cut out of lamination.

Organize in baggies.
I keep all of my holiday bulletin boards to reuse in the years to come.  I have found that the best way for me to keep things organized is in baggies.  I make a baggie for the whole bulletin board set.  I put the letters in a smaller baggie and label what it says.  I also fold the fabric and put it in the bag.  Then I roll up the laminated border and include it, too.  Everything I need for that specific bulletin board is in this bag.  It’s so easy to get the bag out and use in the future.


Here's a peek inside of my bulletin board drawer in my cabinet at school:


Make your own letters.
I never buy letters for my bulletin boards and classroom displays.  I’ve decided not to buy these for a couple of reasons—they can be expensive and they never have all of the letters you need.  I make all of my letters using fun fonts like I talked about earlier.  I just increase the font size to fit what I need and print them on colored paper and cut out.  It really doesn’t take much time and it easier in the long run.

Layer wavy borders.
When I do use wavy borders, I like to layer them.  I usually put a patterned one on the outside and put a plain color behind it.  I originally started doing this because I cut my fabric too short and had a gap between my fabric and border.  Now I layer the wavy borders anytime I use it because it just makes displays look that much cuter.




Use tacks.
I always use tacks to put up things on my bulletin board before I staple them down.  It never failed that I would start stapling things on and then halfway through the job, realize that I needed to reposition things.  Then I would have to take it all down, start over, and waste lots of staples and time.  By putting it all up with tacks first, it is so easy to reposition until it looks just right.  I staple it all down, remove the tacks, and voila—everything is put up perfectly in a fraction of the time.


Here are some of the bulletin boards from my classroom.  As I was loading these, I realized I didn't have pictures of some of my all-time favorites, but here are just a few of the ones I've done in the past.  I apologize for the glare on most of the pictures—it’s because I laminate EVERYTHING!!! 

 Back to School Bulletin Board


Fall Bulletin Board


Halloween Bulletin Board


Thanksgiving Bulletin Board


Christmas Bulletin Board
 

Winter Bulletin Board

Spring Bulletin Board

End of the Year Bulletin Board (one of my favorites!)
"Hanging Up Our Favorite Fourth Grade Memories" (sorry it's a little blurry)

5.  Make Your Own Plan Book
As you’ve probably figured by now, I make almost all of my own things in my classroom.  While buying premade supplies at the teacher store is easy, they are usually pretty generic.  I found that it took a lot of time to tailor it to fit what I needed, so I just started making my own stuff.  Two of the best things that I make each year are my own plan book and grade book.  I LOVE them!  I'm going to first share with you about my plan book.

First off, I can not totally take credit for this idea.  Another wonderful teacher in my building originally made this plan book template.  She generously passed it along, and I was able to adapt it to fit my schedule perfectly!  I make these books on legal size paper.  I make everything on the computer, print it, and take it to Office Max for them to laminate and bind.  I have them laminate the cover with a thicker, harder lamination than we have at school.  I then have them use a coil to bind it.

For my plan book, I created the inside pages to fit my specific schedule in the classroom.  This saves SO much time.  With the plan books you buy at teacher stores, you have to write in the times, or use a ruler to divide the boxes to fit your schedule.  By making my own pages it fits my schedule perfectly, includes all of the information I need, and is great way to keep things organized.



I'll have to share my grade book in another post!

6.  Make Your Own Personalized Stationery
If you’ve not yet discovered Vista Print—you’ve got to check it out!  This site isn’t just for teachers.  You can either upload your own design, or pick from their templates.  Vista Print lets you make your own personalized stationery items for virtually nothing.  I made my own postcards that I use for classroom thank you cards.  Teachers, you know how many thank you cards you have to write for all of the little goodies you get and people that help out in your classroom.  I ordered 100 postcards FOR FREE—the only thing I had to pay was shipping (about $7).  Vista Print runs all kinds of deals and varies which products are on special, so check it often.  Also, once you order they will send coupons to you for all kinds of free products.  It’s great!!!



I'll leave you with everyone's favorite...school pictures!  


4th grade student school picture
(Guess with that kind of sweater I was destined to be a teacher.  
Don't worry--I don't wear them now!!!)



4th grade teacher school picture


I hope by passing these ideas along it will give you a new idea or two.  I would love to hear if you have any great things to share from your classrooms, too!

~Jami~

250 comments:

  1. Jami - I loved your guest post and I am not even a teacher. You are so organized and creative and I'm sure you are a great teacher. I too share your love for VistaPrint. I do all my invitations on there for parties or showers.

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  2. Jami - Maybe you should start your own blog?? :) I'm about to start my student teaching, so this post made me even more excited for what's to come. I share your love for organization and need for everything to be cute. Ha! Looking forward to more posts like this!

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  3. Oh good grief Jami, I feel so old and worn out compaired to you, haha =) Love the construction paper idea, I always battle with that, and the kids just throw it in there.

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  4. Love this post! Thanks Jami!

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  5. Where did you get the outline of the shirts for the end of the yr board?

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  6. Mrs. Moore--jlee.buie88@gmail.comMarch 27, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    I love all of your ideas. I am a first year teacher and I believe that your ideas will better prepare me for my second year. I teach 3rd grade and in the state where I teach, it is the first year for state testing. What are your testing tips?

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  7. I love your bulletin board ideas. Do you know where I can find the template for the tshirt Bulletin board?

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  8. Hi there! I love your Grade Book Template!!! Did you use Word to create that? Would you be willing to share your template? :) Thanks!

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  9. I teach second grade, and stumbled upon your page by googling bulletin board ideas. I LOVE everything in this post! I really want to do that lesson plan like you, what did you use? Word, excel? I'd love to borrow your template as well! Could you email it to me? aabyrd@tcss.net

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  10. Hi, Ladies! I will tell Jami to check these comments. I don't know if she shares her template, but I know that she used a Word document to create it. She uses legal size paper.

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  11. I love all your ideas!!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I would be very interested in your grade book template as well.. Hope you decide to share it.

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  12. I'd love to see your lesson plan book template as well! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  13. Great ideas! :) I loved the tack in boards before stapling.. DUH, why didn't I think of that :) Thanks for sharing!

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  14. By the way, I LOVE GOD TOO!! :) So great to find fellow believers!

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  15. Hi There, I love Jami's template. If she would be willing to share could you send a copy to florekfam@yahoo.com Thanks so much!!!

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  16. Hello, Love your website. I am really interested in your bulletin board for tracking progress. What are the resources you use, how you use it and how did you get started. Thanks so much.

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  17. PLEASE SHARE YOUR TEMPLATE FOR YOUR LESSON PLAN BOOK! THANK YOU... AUDRASKAGGS@YAHOO.COM

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  18. love all of your ideas!!! thanks for sharing! I would love anything you you want to email me at bayandsarahkatesmom@gmail.com

    RaRa
    peaceloverara.blogspot.com

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  19. I love it if you could share your word doc of your lesson plan book and grade book, Thanks!! I would love to edit it so I can use my times :)

    Thanks!
    kellykosir21@gmail.com

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  20. Did you use laminator film for the gumball machine glass?

    Alicia
    alicia0342@yahoo.com

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  21. I'd love your template too...

    mbisbiglia@yahoo.com

    You have some great ideas! Thank you for sharing:)

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  22. If Jami is willing to share her lesson plan book template, I'd also love to have it!! mag8710@yahoo.com
    Can't wait to follow your blog!!

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  23. Alicia:
    Yes, Jami used lamination sheets for her gumball machine.

    For everyone asking for Jami's templates:
    Sadly, she is not sharing the template because she did not originally make it. However, if she ever does I will definitely let you know!

    If you have any other questions, please let me know!

    Blessings,

    Angie

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  24. I loved reading this bog. I was excited to see the b.board storage idea with the board contents in a ziploc. I NEVER thought about ROLLING the boarder to store it!! DUH!! Thanks for the great tips.
    Okay, so now the crazy question of the day.....I *need* to find out what type of lip gloss Jami is wearing in her school picture. I'm totally serious, I love it! tonya@thereichpod.com
    Thanks so much,
    Tonya Reichenberger

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  25. If you share your templates I would also love them.
    ddupree@pasco.k12.fl.us

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  26. I am next in line if you share your planning book and record book templates please. I came across your blog via Pinterest. I end up finding the best ideas this way. e.ball58@yahoo.com

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  27. I would love to learn more about the data board too! I really couldn't see how it works!Is there any way we can find more?

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  28. I would love the lesson plan template as well, if you are willing to share! katiefeagin@gmail.com Great post... Thank you!

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  29. Jami - I rarely leave comments on a post, unless it really touches me or helps me. What a *treasure* you've written here. Thank you!! Thank you! Thank you! :)

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  30. Do you have a template you used for the spiders? jennifer.moore@omeresa.net

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  31. i love your site! As a new teacher it gave me so many helpful ideas for bulletin boards! do you have a template for the spiders I would love to use them! And what does BAV stand for? If you can send me that template that would be great..thank you so much. Rachel . rhporter@ymail.com

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  32. Hi I was wondering what writing activity you had the students do on the spiders and a template? Thanks! colledu1@hotmail.com

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  33. I saw where where you use fabric on your bulletin boards! I wanted to pass along what I do. I use felt on the background and then cut out letters with felt to stick on them! No staples and the letters stay looking nice. Just a suggestion that may save a little mor etime!

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  34. I have a teacher friend that does a seasonal bb also. She puts all of her fabric up at the start of the year in backwards progression (so her end of year fabric goes up first, then spring on top of that, Easter, then St. Patty's day...with back to school on top. When she's ready to change out the board she ust takes off the current months/season's fabric and she's ready for the next bb.

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  35. Found your blog through Pinterest. I enjoyed reading all the great ideas on this one. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog! Thanks for sharing.

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  36. Your lesson plan has been "pinned" a lot. I have searched all over your blog for an updated post on it, but couldn't find it. I was hoping that you could e-mail me your template @ xosharonxo@hotmail.com. Thanks in advance.
    Sharon

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  37. If you share your lesson plan template I would love to use it!! I am a kindergarten teacher and also make my own plan book but I love yours so much more!!! :) Thanks!! erinlynne@mac.com

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  38. Thank you all for your sweet comments! For now, Jami doesn't share her templates. I will let you know if that ever changes. :) Blessings!

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  39. I found your blog through a link in Pinterest. I saw your testimony after browsing on your blog for a while. God is so good. I am a missionary in Chile and we were given the opportunity to work in a local school to teach values after there was a problem in one of the class rooms. The school psychologist has been so impressed she wants us in all the classrooms but we don't have time. I have been praying about doing a web page but the cost stopped me cold. Yesterday I thought of a blog page instead and today I found your page! It was an encouragement and a little more confirmation from above.God Bless!
    Wendy Solomon

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  40. I just wanted to write a note saying thank you for all the great ideas! The "New Student" bag is such a clever time saving tip! And your bulletin boards are so creative. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    -a soon to be teacher

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  41. I too store my bulletin boards in baggies, but I usually include a picture of the completed bulletin board. I have a lot of parent volunteers that want to help and with the picture, they know exactly what I want the board to look like. Plus, I have a pic of all my boards too!

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  42. Thanks for all the great ideas! I wish I could be just half as organized! Thanks for the links, too--very helpful!

    And I love your school photo! I used to have a few sweaters that could compare...I remember one with Scottie dogs that I loved so much...

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  43. Your lesson plan book is AWESOME! Are you willing to share it? I would really appreciate it. My e-mail address is hproctor82@gmail.com.

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  44. Amazing. There are such fun teachers out there. Wish we had them when I was younger. I was bored to oblivion in all my classes. I found you on Pinterest and I love your ideas. I'm not a teacher but you make it look like a lot of fun. I hope you don't mind but I'm so stealing some of your ideas for my little ones at home.

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  45. As a first year teacher, I found alot of the bulletin boards to be great. Thanks for the time and hard work you put into the site.

    Sincerely, Shakeva (First year teacher)

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  46. Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog on pinterest and saw that you teach at SBU! I used to go there! Small world! Anyway, I love all your preschool bulletin boards...I homeschool and teach preschool as well...I love all your ideas and organization techniques! Thanks for sharing! Emily

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  47. Wow! Jami is amazing! I am pinning everything on here!!!

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  48. What great tips! Thank you SO much for sharing them!!
    Deb
    Simply The Classroom

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  49. WOW WOW WOW !!! just discovered your blog !!!! i am a pre-service teacher from australia i have two more yrs of university left, love your blog cant wait to explore it even more !!!!

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  50. Thank you so much for this post! I'm a junior Education major at Texas A&M, and I'm going to be a real teacher in a year and a half and it kind of scares me! This was full of great tips that I would never have even thought about! I will definitely be coming back to your blog for more great tips! If you could make a post about what you wish you would have known your first year teaching, I know it would help a lot of people (especially me)! Thanks again!

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  51. Wow your site and blog is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas and helpful tips!
    Tamara

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  52. Awesome! I would also love a copy of the lesson plan template if you are willing to share :) jennjones4607@gmail.com

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  53. Jami! You gave me some great tips! Thanks for sharing

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  54. I love your bulletin boards. Thank you for sharing them! I found your sight through Pinterest. It is also inspiring to know that you are still so passionate about teaching, it's catchy!!

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  55. Jamie, I really liked the layout of your lesson plan. I am interested in such a format. Can you share your file link?

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  56. Wow, I loved your ideas Jamie! I am a 20 year old and a sophomore in college working on my K-6 Degree in education, and your ideas gave me a boost! Lately I have been getting discouraged and almost ready to just give up, but when I read your post it made me feel really excited again just like I felt when I decided for sure I want to be a teacher! I can't wait for the next 2 years to hurry up so I can get into my classroom!! THANK YOU!! ~Haylee

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  57. Jami!
    I love the personalized teacher stationery and was hoping to do something similar as a gift for my son's teacher. Would you be willing to share the template? If so, you may send it to sdrtrvl@gmail.com. Thank you! Love your blog!
    Stephanie

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  58. I adore VistaPrint...just wonderful! Love your bulletin boards!

    Cxx

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  59. I teach fourth grade in SC and would love to be able to share ideas back and forth. I would love to see what all you put in your packets. If you would like to share ideas let me know. Sheagowan@gmail.com

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  60. Hi Angie,
    I know it must be confusing to get so many messages for Jami, your guest poster. I was hoping you could pass along one more question for me. What does LEARN stand for on her "Tracking Our Progress" bulletin board?
    Thanks,
    Kaylee

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  61. If you share the template for the lesson plan book, I would love to use it. I am a Kindergarten teacher and can use all the timesaving strategies I can get my hands on.

    My email is julied80@att.net

    Thanks

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  62. I would love the lesson plan book template. I teach Kindergarten and I am always looking to make my life easier.

    My email is wojopt@comcast.net

    Thank you.
    Mary

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  63. I love Jami's stuff! I would love to find out more about the Tracking our progress bulletin. What does LEARN stand for? What does the mission statement say? What other information is posted? I do something similar but not in such a cute way!
    Please send any information you can! Thank you!
    averyss@gmail.com

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  64. I know Jami is not able to share her plan book template, but would she be willing to share her bulletin board template things? The titles, pictures, etc...?
    Thanks,
    Amy.Kuntz@legacytraditional.org

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  65. I would love to have the lesson plan template! I teach Kindergarten and am always looking for time savers!

    My email is julied80@att.net

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  66. Thank you for sharing all of the helpful tips--and your pictures, both as a little girl and now are adorable.

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  67. Where in your lesson plans do you align to the state standards? Also, you seem to spend the bulk of your day on Language Arts and Math. Are Social Studies and Science not a priority in your school? I'm not trying to come across rude, just interested to see how different states approach education.

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  68. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the lesson plan book. I saw it on pintrest! If you wouldn't mind sharing your template with me...! I would really appreciate it.

    cantrell-j002@mymail.mssu.edu

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  69. I've been hunting for a template for lesson plans. Writing out my specials each week and the times of them is so time consuming. Could you please share your lesson plan template with me, too? Your work and ideas are appreciated!

    agroenboom@wscsgr.org

    THANKS!
    Alison

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  70. I come back to this blog so many times, because I just love your ideas! I just downloaded the DJ Chunky font, and I'm in heaven!!

    Thanks again :)

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  71. This is my 14th year teaching, and it's so nice to get some new ideas. Thank you for sharing! I love the organization ideas. Hey, we all have gifts, and organization is not one of my greatest.

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  72. Just found your blog through Pinterest. I also teach 4th grade and do several of the same things you do. I will have to check out Vista Print. Your 4th grade picture is too funny to me because it looks so much like me when I was in 4th. :)

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  73. I also found your blog through pinterest, and just wanted to say thank you so much for creating it! I am currently in college working on my elementary degree and this has wonderful ideas for my future classroom!

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  74. Jami, I have 2 years left before I am a teacher and I couldn't be more excited!! Reading your blog was very inspiring, I can't wait to try out some of your great ideas :) Keep up the awesome work, the world needs more teachers like you!!

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  75. Lots of great ideas! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to share your great ideas! Love the bulletin boards & the idea of printing out your own letters!

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  76. Great ideas...Super boards :) Thank you for sharing!!!

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  77. Hello, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your site! Thanks for all of the amazing ideas. I am currently in my first year of teaching...loving it so much & learning so much. Would you be willing to email me the template for the plan book. I was attempting to create my own in word with boxes, but hasn't worked out so well. My email is 90.kmeyers@nhamail.com I hope to hear from you soon! :) THANKS SO MUCH....You rock!
    SMILES, Kyri

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  78. im a new teacher and i loved all of your ideas!!! Thank You so much for sharing!!!!

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  79. Hi Jami! I love all of your ideas! I am in school right now and getting so excited to be a teacher! I love your lesson plan book! Would you mind emailing me your template, if you don't I understand...my email is szimmerman2@bsu.edu. Thanks for all the GREAT ideas! -Stacey

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  80. I just discovered your blog!! Love it !

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  81. Wonderful ideas, Jami! I can't wait to start reorganizing :) I would love the black line for your lesson plan book if you are willing to share. My e-mail is llorimer@powayusd.com - thank you! Lynn

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  82. Hi there! Found your blog through Pinterest and i must say you have a lot of great ideas! I am wondering if you can send/email me the forms that are inside the New Student bag. My email is danisuicidaphoto@aol.com

    Thanks again!
    Danielle

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  83. These tips are going to be so handy next year! I'm in my final year of studying to be a primary/elementary school teacher, and there is so much that we aren't taught. How to assess where a child is in math? Yes. How to make our classroom warm and inviting and tips on how to keep us from going crazy? Not so much. Fortunately for all the poor little Beginning Teachers out there, there are people like you! :D

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  84. I don't buy letters for bulletin board also. I do use my cricut for cut out letters. I laminate the paper first and/or I use contact paper.

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  85. I would love your grade book template if you're willing to share...:)
    Becky
    pekepink8@gmail.com

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  86. Love, Love, Love your plan book! If you are willing to share your template it would be much appreciated. My email is mrskkearns@gmail.com

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  87. Would you be willing to share your template for your plan book? it looks AMAZING!!

    tcassidy89@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  88. Your lesson plan book is amazing!!! Are you willing to share it? If so its megkuenzli@gmail.com

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  89. Please tell me what is inside your new student bag

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  90. Ok, first things first...Jami you so need your own blog! I love all your ideas! I do a similar planning page but have never thought about binding it. What a great idea. I don't see your grade book though. Will you share with me,please:) rasmussenrk@comcast.net

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  91. Jami,
    Great ideas!! Loved your thank you notes from Vista Print. Did you find that design on there? Could you please share where you got it? Thank you so much!! bethstanford@hotmail.com

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  92. Wow! Love all of your ideas! It is so great finding teachers like you! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!

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  93. Hi Jami, I am not one to write out my lesson plans because like you they are time consuming filling them all out! I love your template! I would love it if you could email it to me! Thanks for sharing your great idea. Did you ever post your grade book? Thanks! Jen
    jenniferanderic@cox.net

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  94. Hi,I am new to this. I saw your blog and love it. As the others are saying, I would love to see your lesson plan template. If this is possible could you please email it to me? Thank you so much. jumper199@netzero.net

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  95. Jami,
    I love the personalized teacher stationery and was hoping to do something similar for my own classroom. Would you be willing to share the template? If so, you may send it to robinson.aoii@gmail.com. Thank you! Love your blog!
    Danielle

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  96. Did you ever share your template? I hate to intrude but I would LOVE a copy. I do the same thing but my template is on publisher and I can only open it on one computer. Every time I try to redo it something goes wrong!!! kpierce@cnusd.k12.ca.us

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  97. Jami, I love the ideas you posted! I thought I recognized your last name and realized that we went to SBU together! I got the link to this page of pinterest under the "education" search. Small world!

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  98. Could I have your lesson plan template... Amanda.giorgi@gmail.com

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  99. I would love to have your lesson plan template as well! carteam@tulsaschools.org I love your ideas...I am doing your end of the year bulletin board...great idea!

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  100. I'm not a teacher, but I bet you are an awesome teacher! You should definitely start your own blog/site to help and encourage others, to show what works for you and even what doesn't work. You are so organized! I wish I could get my house to look like that! Good job!!! Good Luck!

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  101. I was curious if there is away to get an extra copy of your lesson plan book pages. I think it is a great idea and very creative. If you can email me a copy that would be lovely. Mazzarellaclm@yahoo.com

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  102. I would love to get your template for the lesson plans for vista print and how you designed it...I am impressed by your inginuity
    Alicia Hilliman
    loveshistory2004@yahoo.com

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  103. If you could share your lesson plan template that would be great!
    lriverso@hotmail.com!
    THank you

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  104. I would love to have a template for your end of the year (4th grade memories) bulletin board! rguinn@btes.tv Thanks!

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  105. I love your photo of your new student bags, I was wondering what all you put in them, just looking for ideas for next year and looking for a list of things to put in my new student bags. Thanks so much, my email is jenniferdawn73@gmail.com

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  106. I would love the lesson plan template if you are willing to share! lindsey_0312@hotmail.com
    Thank you!

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  107. Hi...I'm looking forward to following you. I'm a 4th grade teacher in Oklahoma. I would love the lesson plan template that you showed. If you have time & are willing to share, my e-mail address is
    shannaeicher1975@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  108. Thank you for the tips! I love them. In your new student baggies, I noticed a little yellow piece of paper titled, "The Answer Sandwich." Would you mind sharing it? I would also love your lesson plan template.
    Thank you,
    Monica

    monicalbarker@gmail.com

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  109. Hello! I wanted to see if you would share your lesson plan book template! I love it! I teach Early Childhood Development and it would work great!

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  110. I am so sorry I didnt leave a e-mail address!
    jennyhudson@live.com

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  111. My email address is jennyhudson@live.com
    I am sorry I didnt post it in the first message. I am interested in the lesson plan template. Thanks

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  113. What great ideas. I too make all my own letters for my bulletin boards because it is cheaper and it's the font I want it to look like. I love, love the bulletin board ideas. Your ideas for organization are awesome too. It is through collaboration that we as educators become better teachers for our students. Thank you Jami. I hope you continue to post more ideas. I will be following you on your blogspot webpage and through pinterest. Thanks again!! :) Wendy

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  114. I will be using this post in my Organizing Mondays post tomorrow.


    Kim

    www.loveofteachingkimberly.blogspot.com

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  115. Hey! Love your post/ blog. Wondering if you would be willing to share your student information sheet with me? This coming school year will be my first year teaching am I am kind of lost on how to prepare this kind of information. My email is mccauffman22@gmail.com
    Thank you!

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  116. If you do share the Lesson Plan Book, I would love it. I do my own sort of preschool with my kids and have a hard time staying organized. It looks great! KristiAurora@msn.com

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  117. I would just like to let you know how helpful this blog was! I'm currently in college studying Early Childhood and Special Education and I'll be student teaching very soon. I never realized how much effort goes into prepping a classroom, and quite frankly it's made me nervous when thinking about it, but this definitely eased my nerves and gave me some great ideas for future planning. Thank you so much!

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  118. I am interested in your data board. Can't read the labels. Can you get a close up? Are the charts just samples of what they have in their binders?

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  119. Jami- I teach 5th grade and love your lesson plan template! I know you worked out on it but was hoping you would be able to share it with me or at least the program you used to create it. Also curious about that post about your grade book, if and when you will do it. My email is mrswalmsley@gmail.com Thanks so much!

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  120. Jami _ I also love your lesson plan book. Would you mind sharing your template with me. What program did you use to design it? My email is khuff4624@gmail.com
    Thank you!
    Kathy

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  121. Hi! I was also curious about what LEARN stands for on the Data BB. Love the ideas!

    Thanks!

    KJ

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  122. Just found your blog and would love to know what all you put in the new student baggie...

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  123. I have been teaching for over 10 years...and seeing your blog has added some inspiration to continue and change it up! Thanks for sharing!!

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  124. Could you possibly send me information about your data wall? I teach 3rd grade, and I have been looking for ideas on how to track my student's progress. Thank you so much!
    anewsome@k12tn.net

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  125. LOVE all your ideas!
    Re Self made letters, a Cricut is fabulous for making letters and designs for b boards! Our school bought one with tech money.
    It is great!

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  126. I would love to see a copy of your template
    acruz@portage.k12.in.us

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  127. Ahh, I also love your lesson plan book. Would you please email me your document or lesson plan format?

    rachel_seckinger@elanco.org

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  128. I too would love to know what L.E.A.R.N. stands for on your "Ground Rules".

    Thanks!

    steffanie@ohivey.com

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  129. I am just finishing my first year of teaching. I hate the lesson plan book I had and I would love your template for your book. I love the cover so cute! My email is mklyons4@hotmail.com

    Thanks!!!!

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  130. Great blog. Keep up the great work!! Thanks, Rachel

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  131. Jami - We have a lot in common! I love DJ Inkers font and bulletin boards! I love all your tips above - especially the construction paper drawer. WOW - why didn't I think of that years ago!!! Do you have a template for your lesson plan that you wouldn't mind sharing? If so - you can e-mail me at amymcelveen@yahoo.com.

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  132. Jami- Great tips, thanks so much for sharing! The school year just ended for me but I am already prepping materials and such for next year. I love your lesson plan book and would like to see your grade book as well. If you don't mind sharing my email is tptrascher@gmail.com

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  133. I would love it if you would share with me your templates for your lesson plan book and grade book. Do you use common core standards? I have been looking for a good way to keep track and grade for the common core. Anything you would like to share will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
    Tari
    TAJandCo@aol.com

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  134. Jami,
    I came across your blog while searching for a teacher binder. When I got to the bottom of this page, I had to smile! The picture of you when you were in 4th grade is awesome! Funniest thing ever, I have the SAME sweater and wore it for MY 4th grade class picture! So after I found that out, I scrolled down more and saw your name is Jami, well mine is Jaime! :) I just had to say something! I will have my own 1st grade classroom next year!! I'm so excited and can't wait! Thanks for your awesome ideas!!

    Jaime

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  135. Hi. I am a 5th grade teacher and would love to have a copy of your lesson plan and gradebook templates as well! Shannon.powell@baldwin.k12.ga.us

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  136. I found your blog on pinterest. I love the lesson plan book. If you are willing to share I would love a copy of the lesson plan book and the grade book. mklyons4@hotmail.com Thanks in advance!

    Katie

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  137. Count me in on the plan book and grade pages, if possible Thanks
    abqgreene@gmail.com

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  138. Me too, please. I love all the ideas especially your plan book and grade pages. Thank you!
    schewkinder@gmail.com

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  139. I love your blog and your ideas! I am a 4th grade teacher and I love the Welgum to 4th grade bulletin board idea!! Where did you get the gumball machine display? I would love to use it for next year!!! :-)

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  140. hehe i love your comparison of 4th grade student vs. 4th grade teacher photo. Anyways, love your organization. Can never be too prepared. After volunteering in my son's classroom and I help his teacher organize and set up New Student packets for next fall i think she may have come across you blog at some point in time cuz i see the similarities in organization haha. Regardless, i love it!

    http://chitownandallaround.blogspot.com/

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  141. I am going to school to be a teacher and graduate in December. Your blog has made me very excited about how I will set up my new classroom! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!

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  142. This post is amazing! I have not been in the classroom for 9 years and I'm interviewing for jobs now. I know I'll be back to your website many times! Thanks!

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  143. I found your post and blog on Pinterest. I love your ideas. If you wouldn't mind sharing your lesson plan book template, I would love it. My email address is amandm@gmail.com. Thanks!


    Amanda

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  144. Jami,
    Just curious if you have your own blog spot. I know that this post was posted nearly two years ago, but I just stumbled upon it on Pinterest (It seems as though I am not the only one) and would love the Lesson Plan Template and/or Grade Book Template. If you have the chance, if you check out this post for some reason, and if you would be willing you can e-mail it to me at Amber.Henne@msu.montana.edu Thank you!

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  145. I love your blog! Do you have the lesson plan template anywhere on your blog? I would love to download it and use it!

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  146. Jami-

    Can you send me your gradebook and lesson plan templates? You can email it to anna.salomon@cfisd.net

    Thanks

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  147. I love all your helpful ideas!!! Can you please send my you template for your gradebook and leasson plan to lgarcia932@aol.com


    Thanks
    Lissette

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  148. I really love your ideas - I teach first grade and I love looking for new and creative ways to do things. I really love your plan book - is there any way I could get the template?

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  149. Love your ideas. Thank you for sharing:o)
    I see many people have asked if you would be willing to share your lesson plan template. Is there any way I could get the template as well?
    wgraveley@peoplepc.com
    Thanks a bunch!
    Wendy

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  150. What great ideas you shared; especially the comment about tacks!! I am always putting up and taking down, because I realize it is not exactly how I wanted it. Now you have made my life so much easier! :)
    I noticed people asking about your grade book and lesson plan templates, if you are willing to share those I would love to have copies. My email address is: AdaliaMarie@aol.com Thank you in advance. I look forward to following your posts and seeing what other great ideas you have.

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  151. I would love doc copy of your lesson plan book! It is awesome! My email is marysuggs@insightbb.com.

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  152. Hi, I'm a first year teacher and I would love to try out your lesson plan template. Can you please email it to me? Thanks a lot!

    tokidoki26@gmail.com

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  153. OMWord!!!! What a fabulous post. I could read for hours and hours!

    So glad I found your blog and became a follower!
    :)
    Cynthia
    2nd Grade Pad

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  154. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful ideas... i never thought about using ziploc bags to organize "new Student" materials...

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  155. I found your blog through pinterest. I LOVE your ideas! I am your newest follower and I am awarding several of the new blogs I am following with the Versatile Blogger award! Swing by my blog to check it out! I look forward to seeing all of your great ideas!

    Allison
    Miss Allison's Class

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  156. Love the "new student" baggies because new students hardly ever bring new supplies with them. I also put back extra crayons, markers, and folders for my newbies so they can jump right in and feel at home!

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  157. What program did you use for the cover of your lesson plan book??

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  158. Wow - I love your site! If you are still sharing your lesson plan template I would LOVE to try it. Those premade books just don't work! Thanks! diane.trubiano@weschools.org

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  159. How did I just discover you! I love your idea of push pinning before stapling--I always have to re-do things as I put them up! Great organizing tips!

    Amanda
    preecelovehappiness.blogspot.com

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  160. i love your site. may i have a copy of your planbook template. thanks so much

    nise316@gmail.com

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  161. I would love to have the lesson plan template if you are willing to share! I just love that idea!
    jenna.watley@gmail.com

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  162. Such good material on here. I cannot wait to start teaching this fall!

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  163. Would you mind sharing your template for the plan and grade books? Thanks a bunch!

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  164. Hi Angie,
    LOVE your blog! Thanks for sharing.
    I have a blog and website too because...
    I feel if God gives you a gift you should share it.
    He gave me the gift of creativity in spades so 1000's of free lessons & printables are at:http://www.teachwithme.com/
    Hope you can stop by. Be blessed.

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  165. Please share your lesson plan template. Thanks tlbell@ccboe.com

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  166. HI, LOVE your idea of the new student bags and all the organization ideas. I am a semester away from doing my student teaching and would LOVE to have the template for your lesson plan book. If you are willing to share.!!!! jenny.duckworth@washburn.edu

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  167. Does Jami have her own teaching blog? I'd love to follow her if she does! Great ideas here! It's amazing how many responses are here for a guest post - that tells me that she should have her own blog if she doesn't.
    Diane
    schoolhousetreasures

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  168. Hi there!
    I just recently created a blog, I was wondering how you link your pins from pinterest to your blog? I'm trying and am not sure how to do it. thanks much!

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  169. Love the template for the lesson plans. If you are sharing I would love a copy at colleenmcfadden@rocketmail.com
    Thanks!

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  170. Jami, what great ideas! Thank you! I love getting fresh ideas from others and you have plenty! Would you please share your lesson plan book template? I have been looking everywhere for something that works for me and have yet to find it. The things I could buy don't have all that I want/need, so I'm hoping to compile my own! Thanks for sharing! hlichty@sssd.com

    Heather :)

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  171. great ideas. i am just getting back into teaching after 5 years of staying home. would you share your lesson plan book template? rooskimama@ verizondotnet

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  172. I am a first year teacher and would love to use Jami's template for lesson plans!

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  173. Love your blog! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Head over to my page to grab it:

    www.newmansthirdgrade.blogspot.com

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  174. Jami, would you mind sharing your lesson planner? I found you on Pinterest! Thank you so much! My email is vwindmiller@gmail.com

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  175. Jami, you have great ideas! I'm excited to go back to school now! Is there anyway you would be interested in sharing your lesson planner? I also saw this on pinterest. My email is prindle.deana@gmail.com

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  176. Jami- Would you share your lesson plan and grade book template? love your blog!!!

    csalis@hvc.rr.com

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  177. Jami- Is there any way you would be willing to share your template for your thank you notes? I am not creative at all and I LOVE your template. My email is opvotava@smsd.org. Thank you so much for all of the great ideas!
    Laura

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  178. I would love a copy of your lesson plan template too! My email is lkerrins@gmail.com. Thank u!

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  179. Love your lesson plan template!! Please share.. send to tnorth68@gmail.com

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  180. I came across blog while "pinning" and I LOVE your Tracking Our Progress bulletin board! Our district's focus this year is to let data drive instruction and I would love to adopt your bulletin board and use it in my classroom. I was wondering if you could give me more information about the pieces of your bulletin board or share anything you have to make it wonderful?
    Thank you for your time!
    ~Natalie

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  181. Love your lesson plan book!!! If you're willing to share I'd love!
    Karan_hussman@allenisd.org

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  182. If I could I would LOVE a copy of your lesson plan book. If you are able to share my email is trainingdogs4u@yahoo.com. Thanks so much for sharing all of your great tips :)

    ~Sarah

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  183. I saw your lesson plan document. I would love it if you could share it!!

    Thanks for all of the great ideas!!!
    Lacey

    ashton.lacey@gmail.com

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  184. This lesson plan layout is just what I've been looking for! Will you share it with me too?
    Kelly

    Kellyrosebud@hotmail.com

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  185. I love your lesson plan template!! I think it would be great to have one on the computer..it would make life so much easier! Can you believe I've been handwriting my lesson plans out for the last 16 years? Oh my goodness, that makes me sound really old (but I'm not!). Love all of your ideas! I found this post via Pinterest. :)
    rbnallison5@gmail.com

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  186. If I could I would LOVE a copy of your lesson plan book. If you are able to share my email is bergenhagen@yahoo.com. Thanks so much for sharing :)

    ~Melanie

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  187. I love your ideas! I would like to use the lesson plan book. Do you have a template you can email me at niki7272@yahoo.com?
    Thanks,
    Rachel

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  188. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to have the lesson plan template. Could you at least tell us what font that is? Here's my email if you can share the template. Thanks so much!! ~Julie

    jemassucci@gmail.com

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  189. Would you be willing to share your lesson plan template? I've been looking for something like this but have had trouble making my own. If you don't mind sharing my email is eholzhauer616@gmail.com

    Thanks,

    Liz

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  190. You have so many wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing. I agree about not buying punch out letters, but I want to do what you suggested. Do you have anymore suggestions on how to create my own letters?

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  191. I'd love a copy of the template :) thanks so much- in kindergarten things don't fit well into the preprinted books!! mandysue530@gmail.com I'd love to see if it will fit my needs, as well as your grade book :)

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  192. I would also love a copy of your planbook template. I tried another one and it was just too complicated to use. I really need to save time this year. Would love to have an email from you jesus4me@sit-co.net

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  194. Wow! I am so excited that I found your page! I will be moving from 3rd to 4th grade!! I would love to use a template like this. Please send me your template. Teacher in-services start tomorrow so I will get my schedule. I would LOVE to start this school year using this awesome tool.
    Thanks! caragonwine@hotmail.com

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  195. Wow!! I just moved back to 3rdgrade and love ur lesson plan template! I love the look of it!! Would u be willing to share it? Thanks sooooooo much!! Cindy
    cmcgee21@hotmail.com

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  196. I'm in love with the data bulletin board. I'm planning to start student data notebooks, and this is the best bulletin board example I've seen. Do you have more information on this that you'd be willing to share with me? I'm dying to know what your ground rules are and what the other parts say.

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  197. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE if you could share your template for both the plan book and grade book. If it is possible, can you share. My email is OLIVOYL3@OPTONLINE.NET

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  198. I am computer illiterate and would love a copy of the template if you wouldn't mind providing it. Thank you!
    Luvrkids2@verizon.net

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