Sunday, February 19, 2012

DIY Lesson Plan Book (and Pinterest Inspired Presidents)

DIY POST-IT NOTE PLAN BOOK....Oh yeah!

The meat and potatoes of this post....my lesson plan book which I am in LOVE with!  In the past I have read about people using post-it note lesson plan books and it sounded like a complete waste of time. Why write it out when I could type it up and print it?  Boy was I WRONG!  At my school, in my grade level, each person is responsible for planning a particular subject.  Essentially the same plans gets passed around every year and everyone, including myself, retype or rewrite the plans so that they are in our own personal format.  I've spent years trying every lesson plan format under the sun to find the one that was perfect for me.  The last four years I've typed my plans and printed them, hoping to reuse them but found that I couldn't because the dates didn't match up or something changed last minute.  This year I was frustrated with all of the re-doing that I just decided that I'd paperclip all the plans that my team gave me and just stick a post it note on it every day with whatever I was going to do.  This worked pretty well for the school year.  Then one day an official that was pretty high up in the county came tearing through our school picking apart everything around.  Now, the official didn't stop by my room to complain about anything, but I figured it would be best to lose the paper clipped pile of plans.  Then the thought of the post-it note lesson plan book popped into my head.  I realized at that moment that is was BRILLIANT!  So, I made my own lesson plan book with color coded post-it notes that is easy to reuse next year.  Notes can easily be moved to different days or different pages depending on my schedule.

So, are you interested yet?  Well if you are, here is what you will need:

  • Spiral notebook (I would suggest one that has a vinyl cover since it will last longer) 
  • Post-it notes (I like the "super sticky" ones)
  • Sharpie or black marker
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Post-it tabs (optional)
  • Notebook cover or portfolio (optional)

Step 1:  Assemble your materials
Grab the items listed above and clear off a space on the kitchen table, it's time to get our DIY on.  :)

Step 2:  Decide on a plan
I sketched out my idea of how I wanted to set up my plan book.  I organized mine in a way that worked for me.  The days of the week going left to right across the top an the subject going top to bottom down the side.  Technically I didn't have to list the subject, I could have listed the time frame instead since I color coded my plans according to subject.  (Blue for math, pink for reading, and green for other.  I have other because writing, science, and social studies all get lumped into the same kind of time frame and due to scheduling I'm not able to hit every one each day.)

Step 3:  Lay out and measure
I set up my post-its where I wanted them (I just placed the whole pad where I wanted it so I'd have an idea of what space I needed.  Then I drew my lines.  If you use a sharpie, the line will kind of bleed through so when you turn the page over you don't have to remeasure, just use the ruler to trace over the straight line.  After tracing all the lines in the book, I went back and added tabs for the weeks.  There are only 36 weeks in our school year, but I have 43 weeks worth of tabs just to be safe.  I used the post-it tabs and just cut them into fourths and alternated colors.  Then I wrote the week number on the tab.  Super easy.




Step 4:  Label boxes and add the post-it notes
That's pretty self explanatory.  I used small post-it notes to note the math topic (blue), reading story (pink), related AR tests (orange), and week info (yellow).  I didn't want to put any of that info on the book permanently.  I used light blue for math, pink for reading, and green for other (writing, science, and social studies).  The teal color is for specific standards, objectives, essential questions, etc.





Step 5:  Start writing your plans
It was surprisingly easy to do this.  Obviously these are not scripted 7 point lesson plans.  I put down my main ideas for the lesson.  Things that make perfect sense to me, and that show anyone else who might be looking that I have planned out my lessons for the day/week.  I even drew little pictures for the art activities or projects that I was planning.  (These are not the same plans that I would use if I had a sub, but as all of you teachers know...we always write very scripted lessons when we have subs.)




Step 6:  Prepare for changes
This it a perfect example for what to do when something unexpected happens that changes your plans.  On this week we had a field trip on Thursday.  So, I used star shaped sticky notes to show my changes to my plan for the week.  Obviously I don't expect to have the same field trip again on the same week next year.  The fun shape makes it easy to see that there is a change at that time.







Step 7:  Pretty Portfolio (optional)
I happened to have an old leather portfolio hanging around that I hadn't used in years.  Since is cost a pretty penny I never got rid of it.  So, I used it to cover my new lesson plan book (and it matches oh so well).  If you don't have a portfolio or notebook cover, I would highly suggest using a notebook with a vinyl cover since it will last longer.




UPDATED TO ADD...
Step 8:  Daily Schedule
On the first page of my plan book I have my schedule for each day along with mini-notes of parent volunteer times or student pull out times.  I have my schedule memorized so I don't print it anywhere on my plans, but I do have it in my plan book...just in case.  ;)







I hope you enjoy the DIY plan book.  It is not too late in the year to make one!  If you do decide to make a Post-It Note Plan Book or if you already have one, please leave a comment to let me (and others) know how you like it.  :)










Pinterest Inspired Presidents

I hope all of your are enjoying your President's Day weekend!  Last week I had my kiddos do a President's Day art activity that was inspired by Pinterest.  My class made these little cuties:
These cuties were examples made by a coworker.  I'll have to post a picture of the ones my kiddos made.
I had them find facts from our Weekly Readers to place on the shirt and hat of each president.  Cute activity that had them searching resource material for facts and spending time making doing the art activity.




I know it is past Valentine's, but if you didn't like how your card holders worked out this year you can try these.  Super easy, sturdy, and cute.  :)


142 comments:

  1. I love this idea! I haven't seemed to find a plan book or template that works for me - this seems flexible enough even for me! Thanks for sharing, once I get going, I'll be sure to post about it.
    Cheers,
    Laura
    Mrs. Castro's Class 2nd Grade...Spanglish Style

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    1. I completely agree with you!!! As a homeschooling Mom it is so frustrating because I have my lesson plan typed out for the week, and like your blog post said sometimes you do not get to do an activity that you had planned for that day. It REALLY frustrates me when this occurs because then I have to back and alter my original lesson plan and give a good explaination as to why we were unable to complete that activity on the day that I had originally planned it for. Thank you for sharing this AWESOME lesson plan book with us!!!!!

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    2. What state requires you to give a good explanation of why a homeschool parent changes her schedule? That sounds really rigid!

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  2. Post-it lesson plans?! AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing! I will be pinning this!

    ☼Kate
    To The Square Inch

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  3. Side note - I was the interpreter at church today, so my English is questionable at the moment. I am officially in Spanish mode, so ignore my language errors, por favor!

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  4. I am going to try this tomorrow. I do the same thing, every year, I replan. I tried keeping a binder of papers in order with the printed smart board plans, but I am always behind in keeping it in order. I love this idea!

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  5. I have a silly question- do you use the same template and just take off the sticky notes? I'm confused how this is different from writing in a normal plan book? It's super cute...but I don't understand!!! Please explain!!!

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  6. @Mrs. G

    Great question! In my example book, there are up to 43 weeks. Each week has it's own set of sticky notes, so the notes will hang around until the following year. How is it different from regular plan books? Well, (1) if you mess up on one thing you can just replace that one sticky note instead of having to redo the whole page. And (2) you can easily manipulate the notes as needed. If your plans change you can move a note to a different day. The next year, you can switch notes around as needed our discard one for a day that didn't work. Basically, you are able to discard or change one note when needed instead of having to rewrite the entire day or week's plan just because of a small change. :)

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  7. Okay, that makes sense. Thank you! I want to give it a try!

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  8. I love your idea! I am definitely going to try this! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Something I have done that may help with the drawing of the lines and labeling (even thought you only have to do it once, this is a big time saver). Create a template, could be hand drawn or off the computer and print all your pages back to back, hole punch them then put into a binder! Saves all the time of drawing the lines and labeling -

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    1. I was thinking the same thing! I love this idea and plan to implement for the new school year.

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    2. If you want to make your plan book more durable and longer lasting, you could put the paper templates in sheet protectors or laminate them in a heavy laminate.

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    3. Does anyone have a template they would be willing to share? I am HORRID at making such things. My email is Luvquiltn@aol.com

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    4. I created this template for a 2x2 post-it. You should be able to edit it as you wish. I hope this helps. I am considering homeschooling in the future and I thought this was a great idea so I got right on it. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B293hqkDl4cPcmt4WmlrZWt0Rzg/edit?usp=sharing

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    5. Here's a template on two different pages...I added a fourth subject. Designed it for 2x2 sticky notes. Just use a 3-hole punch on the right side of page 1 and on the left side of page 2 and there's your week in front of you.

      https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-h2F92o4T11cGlIcnNpb2dwelk/edit?usp=sharing

      https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-h2F92o4T11dU54SDBVNEdmaUk/edit?usp=sharing

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    6. As I said in another post... Ahh!! Those google docs look really bad in the web browser. Just download the file and it will look like it's supposed to, plus you can change font or colors if you like.

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  10. Great idea with printing a template to put in a binder! I had thought of that too but at my school we have a very limited number of copies to use. So for me, drawing the lines made more sense, and it was actually really quick to do. Though, for those of you that are lucky enough to have copies available, you could definitely print a template with cute fonts and all the bells and whistles. :)

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    1. For those of you who'd like a template:

      https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-h2F92o4T11cGlIcnNpb2dwelk/edit?usp=sharing

      https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-h2F92o4T11dU54SDBVNEdmaUk/edit?usp=sharing

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    2. Ahh!! Those google docs look really bad in the web browser. Just download the file and it will look like it's supposed to, plus you can change font or colors if you like.

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  11. I love love love your post-it plan book!!!! I teach kids with behavior disorders in a self-contained classroom and NOTHING ever goes as planned. I can't wait to get started mapping mine out. Thanks so much for sharing your idea!

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    1. I also teach in self contained BD room and this makes sense to me. Instead of arrows, just move sticky.

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  12. I always say you can use post-it notes for virtually anything! I love the idea, as I too feel that every year I save my plans and then find that either I change when I teach something or the dates never align! Looking forward to reading more great ideas- I am your newest follower!

    -Krista
    The Second Grade Superkids

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  13. Question....I love this idea! I think I may try it for the rest of the year. Do you write "formal" lesson plans too? What would you do if you were sick, had a sub, but couldn't go in to write sub plans? We have to turn our lesson plans in (online) to the principal..hmmmm...

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    1. Patty,

      I'm so glad that you like the idea. I do not write "formal" plans unless I have a sub. We are required to keep a folder with emergency sub plans on file in the office and at our desk in case something were to happen and we couldn't make it in. My plans are basically an outline of each lesson so an administrator or experienced sub could understand what my agenda was. My principal does not require us to turn in plans. If I did have to turn in plans I would use the grade level plans for each subject. Hope that was (somewhat) helpful. ;)

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    2. We do have to turn in plans weekly. I started typing mine as it just looked better. I am a newer teacher but subbed and previously had my own classroom then was laid off then subbed some more then rehired. Ten years total. So, I have tried many things and seen many things at many schools over the years. One colleague and I used to joke about doing this. I have changed too much so far to count on having the same grade the next year, but the idea sounds so good. I did, however, use sticky notes as well as written notes to mark my changes, and I think I'll be in the same grade this coming year, so at least I'll have something to go on!

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  14. I've used post-its in a ready made plan book for quite a few years, but just for our planned story of the week from our curriculum and for math. My second grade colleagues and I get together in the summer for a lunch and planning date, and fill in those parts of our plans books for the new school year. However, I'd never thought of using post-its for the WHOLE thing. I like it & am definitely going to try it since I HATE having to erase and rewrite plans onto a new day!

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  15. I love your plan book!
    and I am your newest follower.
    Staci

    Going Nutty!

    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

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  16. I usually get a free plan book from the school or "Lakeshore Learning". Couldn't I just stick the Post-It notes inside those squares?

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    1. Yes! You certainly could use post-it notes in a pre-made lesson book. :) I made my own because I didn't like the format in the pre-made books that were available at my school.

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  17. So do you not mark anywhere on your planbook the time for lunch, music, library, etc?

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    1. I do not mark daily on my plan book the time for lunch or special classes, because next year they won't be the same. I have a page at the front of my plan book with my schedule for each day. I just took a picture of it so I can include it on this post. :)

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    2. Some that has worked for me is 2 overhead sheets. I use a sharpie and denote anything that has a set time in its space. If you use a lighter colored thick mark then you can use a black or dark color and write over and see the "labels".
      p.s.-- love the Planning Lunch... hope to use it one day.

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  18. I love your idea, but how does that work with differentiation? For example, just for reading...I have four groups that go to four stations every day. Three of them are differentiated.

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    1. Since you have so many different groups, I would suggest using the mini-notes (each group having its own color or each station having its own color) and adjusting the size of the square. I would definitely suggest sketching out a format that would work for your plans. If you have the same four stations every day but different activities (for example: word work, writing, phonics, and reading) you could just note which activities are being used that week. In my plans on my pink sticky notes I mention "guided reading groups" but I don't actually list out what I do with each of my 5 reading groups. Since my guided reading group lessons don't really change much (just the skill being covered) I have a one page "master plan" that is organized similar to my Daily Schedule page (I'll have to take a picture). I'll note the skill focused on in my regular plans, but I don't rewrite specific things since it is essentially the same format every day.

      I hope that was somewhat helpful. ;)

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    2. You could also layer the sticky notes with the different stations on each note. This might make them difficult to keep stuck to the page, but you could simply use some tape to make it more sticky.

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  19. Scotch makes a product similar to a glue stick that allows you to make anything into a Post-It. I copied the scope and sequence from my math and reading curriculum and just added them directly into my lesson plan book.

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  20. I loved this idea! I made my own version for preschool. I dedicated the first two rows to large group activities and the third row for small group/centers/assessments.

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    1. What a perfect way to modify it! ;)

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  21. What a fabulous idea!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  22. I am a pre-service teacher still trying to find my "niche" as a teacher. I am using this template for my school/work/clinical planner! It has worked out very well. I use a different color post-it note for school, my job, and my clinical placements and have been extremely happy with the level of organization it provides!

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    1. I'm so happy that the plan book is working out for you for the purpose you need it. :D

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  23. I seriously have just fallen in LOVE with you plan book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm making one right now!

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  24. I'm a post it fanatic, I'm addicted, I buy them and just stick them in the drawer.. I love this idea.. can't wait to use my millions of post its that I have already bought

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  25. This looks really cool and such a great idea! I student teach next semester and I plan to use this! CLEVER!

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  26. I love any reason to use post-its. They are my favorite! And I find that I plan on them all the time and then lose them! The other K teacher is always telling me I need to plan in something that I can keep for next year...can't wait to try!

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  27. I love the idea of saving from year to year.....Sticky notes make sense so you don't have to rewrite year to year.

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  28. Hey there! Thank you so much for this idea! I came across this a few weeks ago and have been tossing around ideas. I am a resource teacher and have hopefully come up with a way to use this not really as a lesson plan book but more of a document/grade/notes, etc book. I am going out to get the supplies tonight to try my idea as a trial for the last quarter and if I like it I will utilize it for my entire year next year. I will take pics as soon as I finish and update you to let you know exactly how I use it and how I like it!!! Thanks Thanks Thanks!!!

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  29. I have struggled for years to figure a way to write lesson plans while doing differentiated learning. I am going to try to adapt this plan into one that will work for me as well. If you have other pages in the book could you take pictures and post those as well.
    Thanks so much for the GREAT idea!

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  30. I love the colorful and foolproof method of this plan-book! I teach 7th Grade Social Studies, so I wouldn't use different subjects, but I could include warm-ups, lesson plans, assignments, homework, standards, and the like for the different colors. Thanks for sharing!!

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  31. As a daycare teacher, then a homeschooling mom, and now a preschool teacher, I have struggled to find a lesson planning system that would work for me. I think your system just might be it! I'm going to use some time over the upcoming spring break to work on it :-) THANK YOU for sharing such a unique and wonderful idea!

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  32. I will student teach a year from now, but I will be making the Post-it Lesson Plan Book this summer! Thank you so much for such a wonderful idea! It will be such a blessing!

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  33. I am going to start using this TODAY! I saw it, pinned it and then forgot about it. I remembered it the other day and ended up staying at school til 5 with my BTF (best teacher friend) trying to figure out how to make this work for us. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing it!

    Kristen
    socalteacherstuff.blogspot.com

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  34. Careful lesson planning can help to insure the successful running of your courses. Incorporating best practices in teaching and learning into the design process will help students meet learning objectives for your course. Thanks a lot.

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  35. I am a homeschooling mom of two. A son who is going into the seventh grade and a daughter who is going into the fifth grade in the fall. I would love to see if this would work for our family! I'm not sure, but it seems like it would be right up our alley. If you have any ideas that might help me make this work, I would really appreciate them.
    Thank you so much!
    Mary Catone

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  36. I love your idea! I will be trying this idea for my lesson planning. I will also be looking at how I can incorporate your idea into daily/weekly observations that I need to make in my classroom since I work in a daycare center. I can't wait to try this out.

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  38. Great idea! I used a planner I had and did something similar. I have an At-a-Glance two-day per page planner I got that I thought I would use and didn't. When I saw your idea I changed it a bit to create my own. Since each day is a half a page, I just use mini post-its color coded for each subject and mark down what I plan to teach. I am beyond excited about it and love it! So, I guess to summarize, my comment is that you could supplement with a monthly calendar planner too and cover the boxes with post its :) Thanks for posting, it looks awesome!


    I am new to blogging, so please come check me out and follow me - I could use a confidence boost :) http://blessedinfirst.blogspot.com/

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  39. I had the same thought as several users about making a computer template and printing it. As soon as I saw this I started working on a template on my computer. My thought was that you could laminate the pages and write on them with overhead markers (if you weren't a sticky note fan) or put them in page protectors and use sticky notes. That way you never have to remake it and it will be a lot more sturdy than a notebook! Plus you can slip worksheets or formal lesson plans in the middle of the page protectors. I [will] teach high school French and I like to write a lot on my lesson plans so I made my template a two-pages-per-week layout with one subject per notebook. That way you have room to put two regular-sized sticky notes on a day plus a notes section for each week. I am planning on posting my finished product on TPT as soon as I finish! (I just started using TPT so there isn't a whole lot on there right now.)

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  40. I like the idea, but What do you do at the end of the year? At our school, we have to turn in our plans and the school keeps them for documentation for several years in case something comes into question.

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    1. You could always turn in a photocopy of your plan book.

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  41. I love this idea and I am not even a teacher! I have 6 kids and with so many activities and homework assignemtns this would be great! Love it! I am making one tomorrow!

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  42. I am a preschool teacher and made myself a block schedule planner a lot like this one. I can't tell you how many times as I sat and erased and rewrote to a new block after plans changed. I am so going to use this for next year! I print my blocked pages from the computer front and back and punch holes in them so I can place in a 3-ring binder. Might be easier than drawing all the blocks. You have a great idea!

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  43. Hmmm... I like this very much. I find it hard to write done future plans in my plan book for our homeschool, because chances are, those plans get changed by the time that day comes around. Then I'm left having to rewrite it all or having a planbook that is incorrect. The Post-Its will give me the flexibility to change plans.

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  44. Memory Mom... would you mind sharing you block planner pages? I'd love to be able to print them out without taking to time to create them. :)

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  45. I just found your blog through Pinterest and I LOVE this idea. I'm going to stock up on super sticky post-its this summer and get my planning on! =)

    Thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower!

    Laura
    Kinder Kraziness

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  46. I wanted to let you know that I love your post-it note lesson plan book! Absolutely had to make one for this coming school year. Instead of using a spiral notebook and drawing lines (I'm OCD and the lines didnt line up to my week .... I wanted Wednesdays to be smaller because we have early out Wednesdays), I found a spiral notebook with graph paper in it. I didn't need to draw any lines, and I could arrange them exactly like I wanted them!! I wanted to share because I thought others may want to look for this kind of book. Found mine at Walmart. Happy Post-it noting :-) and thanks for the idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. My OCD self will be off to Walmart to find that notebook!!! I love that idea :-)

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  47. I'm a law student and I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was the cutest thing ever! I'm totally going to try it out and plan my weeks accordingly since law school is all about planning all of your time to get in the adequate amount of studying. This way if I don't finish a day I can easily roll it over to the next day! Thanks so much for the idea!

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  48. I'm an art teacher and NOTHING EVER goes according to plan so I'm trying to figure out how to modify this for my classroom

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  49. Hi Victoria,

    I am putting my new post-it lesson plan book together, and had a question: do you put all your sticky notes in BEFORE the school year starts, then just fill them out as weeks pass, or do you keep stickies with you, and put them into your blank plan book as the weeks pass?

    Thanks a Million!!!

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  50. I am in the process of getting my teaching degree and if you ask anyone who knows me there are sticky notes EVERYWHERE in my room. I hadn't thought to use them as a plan book. I have soooooo many books of lessons that I came up with for my preschoolers in high school. This would work so well for planning a week/ year. Don't like something? Don't do it and discard the original! LOVE your idea

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  51. I use mini post its in my lesson plan book too. I do mine on the computer to fit my schedule. One other thing I do is when I have made copies of activities for a big unit and I'm trying to decide what to do when, I lay all the papers out on a table and put a post it on each different one. I write the name of the activity on it and in parenthesis I write what the skill is. So after each activity has a post it on it, I gather up all my post its and then start plugging them into my lesson plan book. I can "overflow" to the next week if I need to and easily see where I have holes. I love the idea of color coding them, I am definitly going to start doing that. Anything that I don't get to can be easily moved to the next week.

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  52. I have struggled with lesson plan books. I teach K-1, EBD, self-contained. Not the easiest to write out plans for. I end up with two books that honestly frustrate me. THIS idea, has strong merit. I shall play with it (thank god for Post-it notes... playing around becomes less painful!) and adjust to my needs. Perhaps two pages per week instead of one... After all 36-43 pages isn't all that much, I'd have a lot of the book left over.

    THANK YOU! I have always hated pre-formatted lesson plan books.

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  53. If it gets to the point where you really like your lessons, you can print on the post-it notes. There is a pin on pinterest with instructions on how to do it.

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  54. Loved your book and made one by hand this past year - for next year, I printed a template and used smaller post-it notes! Here's the link to my post of it http://cominguproses.webs.com/apps/blog/show/16626902-post-it-note-lesson-planner-2012-2013 which links people to your blog and has a free printable of my template!

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  55. Your plan book is great! It really makes me wish I hadn't just ordered an expensive teacher planner from Erin Condren :( Great site, I will be adding it to my blogroll! Thanks for sharing!

    Teaching and Tech

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  56. Love your ideas and that I found this post! I shared it on my personal blog over at: http://itisablessedlife.blogspot.com/2012/07/i-have-been-looking-for-new-lesson-plan.html

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  58. This year I adopted a similar planbook that my friend showed me. We used the school provided planbook and small post its which fit perfectly in the boxes. I write the lessons on the notes (each concept, activity, esstential question, etc. on a separate note) and arrange them as I plan. After teaching that lesson, I write it in the actual box and remove the note. That way if something needed adjusting i didn't have to rewrite. The best part is, I can plan way in advance by putting notes on future pages as I think of things thatI want to do, and I can label the units or questions before getting into serious planning. I also have "anchor" notes for repetative things such as their Monday paragraphs. I just reuse them after I've recorded that day. WhenI turn to the next planning period, there's a random mess of what's next to organize instead of keeping it in my head. NOTE: I teach 7th and 8th, so I can use more boxes becaue I only have one or two preps. Next year I'm going to leave the posits after writing them in so I can transfer them next year. So colorful, therefore motivating, and quite fun for a postit nerd like me!

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  59. OMG! I was looking for lesson plans noteboks , and then I saw yours again OMG!! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORK YOU´D DONE GIRL!!! I LOVE IT!! It is Colourful and pretty, ;) It is better write than spend a lot of hours typing !!! WAY TO GO GIRL!! Truly I Love it!!! :)

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  60. I am so excited that I found this pin. I am a mother of an autistic son and I work very closely with his teachers. I think that this notebook is awesome. I can use it for homework and keeping up with the teachers' lesson plans. Can't wait. I love post-it notes and pens!!!

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  61. I LOVE this idea, but curious how I could set it up on an 8 period day for middle school?? Any ideas?

    Kara
    www.swindellonline.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Kara!
      Wow! That is quite a question. :)
      The sticky notes that I used were the standard size (3x3). Since you have so many blocks to fill, maybe you could try using the small stick notes so that you could have more blocks on the two pages. Or, you could have 2 pages for your 4 morning classes and 2 pages for your 4 afternoon classes. Just the ideas I came up with. I would love to know what you decide to do though. :)

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    2. Thank you! I'm thinking maybe three separate books? That might be too much, but I teach 7th and 8th science and biology. Thoughts?

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    3. Hmmm...since you teach two different grade levels and subjects maybe having separate notebooks would be helpful. Or, since there are more than enough pages in the notebook, using one notebook with 7th grade in the "front half" and 8th grade in the "back half" would work.

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  62. This Post-It Plan Book is a stroke of sheer GENIUS!
    I immediately ran out and purchased all the materials and look forward to putting it together. Thank you for sharing your brilliant idea as well as the clear directions and fabulous photos.

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  63. I love this plan book idea! I found your blog through post linked back to you on For the Love of First Grade's blog! Thanks for sharing, am your newest follower! If you get a chance hop on over and link up with my blog, too! :)
    Happy new (school) year!
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  64. I think this is a wonderful idea, but I am struggling with how to best set mine up! I am an ESL teacher that provides support to students in multiple classrooms each day, in a variety of subject areas. Any thoughts on how I could make this work?

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    1. Hmmm....maybe you could use the mini-stickie notes if you have a lot of areas you teach in a day. You could organize it by time (each row) and each subject could be a different color. If you have A LOT, maybe you could have a morning plan and an afternoon plan. (I hope that is somewhat helpful.)

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  65. I use post its for my seating chart. It makes it easy to update the seating if students are talkers or not getting along. I also glue a picture of the student to the post it for the sub.

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  66. Gorgeous! I am a student majoring in Education but I will be making one of these today for my classes. Can you tell me where you purchased your portfolio? I looked on the AT-A-GLANCE website but they do not sell it there. I love it!

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    1. Hey there! I love the portfolio but I don't think they make it any more. :( I got it at Office Max when I was in college (around 2008)and it has held up really well. I know they always have a good selection of portfolios.

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  67. I just spent the day writing "pins" on sticky notes to write into my plan book when we get back to school next week! Instead, I'm heading to Target to get some more sticky notes and a book! This is a genius idea an in my Autistic Impaired Classroom everything NEVER gets done in a day! Love the accountability this adds as well when talking to administration. I think I'll do a quick copy of each side of the book at the end of the week and jot in what behavior/interference caused us to miss that task.

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  68. Hi, let me introduce myself, I'm from Mexico and my english isn't good, but I have to say that this is an awesome idea, it could help me to have a better organization when... I mean if I start to work this school year :) I apreciate your idea, and the fact that you want to share this with the world :D

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  69. Hi although I am just doing my student teaching I could definitely see this idea working out for me while in ST or eventually having my classroom. Although in terms of student teaching it would be different since I am basically following my CT's grade level lesson plans and what template they use for planning. I am definitely a new follower of yours and am in love love with the Post-It note plan book!!!!

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  70. Great Idea, but I have one question. Since only the top part of the sticky notes are sticky and the bottom is flimsy, when you flip the pages of the notebook, don't they begin to peel off and lose the stickiness? I love this idea, but I think the flimsy part of the post-it notes would annoy me and I would not want to tape the bottom of them since I may want to move it and the tape may rip the pages if I move them. Any suggestions?

    Thank you.

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    1. Use re-positionable glue dots from scrapbooking supplies to hold down the bottoms. They will allow you to move things if you want to, but will hold everything down until you chose to move it.

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    2. They sell 'full page' sticky post its. There are so many colors, sizes, and shapes to choose from, so fun!

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    3. She mentioned that she used the super sticky post it's as mentioned above they are "full page" sticky. Meaning the entire backside of the post it is sticky but it is still re-positionable.

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  71. This is the best idea for a lesson plan book. I plan on putting this together this weekend. I am also trying to figure out how this idea can be turned into a calendar. Being a mom, caretaker of a parent who has appts and teaching a homeschooler, and a consultant for a direct sales company, it is hard to find a calendar to fit what we need. I am going to try and figure that out. A project in the making!! Thanks so much for sharing!! Love it!
    Tiffany Gregory

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  72. I love this! I have a really tough time using other plan books because we're a TAP (Teacher Advancement Program) school and our lesson plans have to have a gazillion things in them that are categorized for easy evaluation. This is one of the few I've seen that actually seems like it could work for me. I already use post-its or just scratch out and write in ink on my plans when changes happen or for future reference if I need to adjust something. It seems like a relatively easy transition if I can modify it enough. Christmas Break project, perhaps?

    PS- I'm your newest follower.
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    http://over-caffeinatedandoptimistic.blogspot.com/

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  74. Love it! I'm slightly addicted to Post-it notes and love to be organised. Will be using this when I return to work after Maternity Leave!

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  76. Instead of a spiral notebook use a 3 ring binder. Trace your lines on blank paper and photocopy. Saves a lot of time.

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  78. As a former substitute teacher, and a current education major, I love your post-it note planner. I have been in situations where I have to try and decipher lesson plans, or not have lesson plans at all. I am actually going to do this for next semester, and when I do my student teaching next year. Thanks for the idea. Any excuse to use my post-it note collection makes me happy!

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  81. Why can't I see the pictures? I am a homeschooling mom and this looks like it may save me from becoming crazy, but I can't see the pictures.....help. Thank you.

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  82. I can't see the pictures either :( I would love to see them!!

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  83. I loved your plan book idea, even though I am a retired teacher. I still tutor small groups K-2 every day, and this will make my planning easier. I can even color code for each group and/or for each child in my groups. Often I have to move things around, so this will work perfectly for me.

    Many thanks!

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  85. This is a really great idea! I am going to try this out immediately. My principal does require that we email our lesson plans to her at the end of the year. Any ideas about what I can do to use the post-it planbook and satisfy the principal's emailed plans request?

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    1. Maybe you could type up the plans. Copy & paste them to a printable for post-its. Print the lesson on the post-it. If you have to move it in your book, you have to remember to change it in the computer. No extra printing required. I think that is what I would do. Then the post-its are extra neat and the lessons are in the computer already. Kill 2 birds with one stone. Then at the end of the year you shoot the email out.

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    2. I tried printing from Google Docs and It was all wonky. I'm sorry. Try downloading it to Word first.

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    3. Our copier at school is also a scanner which sends documents to our e-mail accounts. See if you have that setup as well.

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  86. I tried to read through as many comments as possible so I don't duplicate a question.

    I'm a 3rd grade teacher and am very picky about how my lesson plan book is, nothing at the teacher store suits me, but I LOVE this idea. My problem is accommodating this to my classroom. Daily I teach Bible, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science, Spelling, Grammar, and Handwriting (all of which are grades on our report cards). I don't know how I could use a post it note smaller than the average size. Do you have any ideas for organizing this in a notebook to fit?

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    1. Hi Jennifer!! I am thinking the same thing! This year I have used a standard teaching book, actually one from Staples that I got years ago, and I just put my post it notes in there. The squares are bigger than an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, so it makes it easier. I also teach many subjects a day, just like you do. I don't use a full post it note for each subject, but cut mine in half. My lesson plans are not as detailed as the ones pictured above, but it does give me plenty of space to write out what I need.

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  87. I confess. I am a Post-It note addict. My husband stuffs my Christmas stocking with them!

    Today, I saw your article in NEA Today Spring 2013 magazine (works4me) - The Reusable, DIY Post-It Note Plan Book, and fell in love. After 36 years of teaching, and rewriting plans (when not revamping them due to changed curriculum), this sounds like an amazing time saver. I can't wait to convert and definitely will subscribe to your board! Susan

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  88. Love this idea!! Quick question though, how would you do the layout if you had multiple subjects?? Math, science, language arts, art?? Maybe this is a really stupid question

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  89. I really like this idea but have one question, at the end of the year, how "full" is the notebook? Does it still close relatively well? I've had bad experiences with the pages pulling off the spiral when used for math journals and this seems like it would be much thicker. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  90. This is a great idea and I will share with my teacher in my daycare for their lesson plans.
    Alma

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  91. This is beautiful...but I just use Excel. My entire plan book is on my computer (and also saved to the school’s network for good measure). I teach ESOL for grades 1, 5, and 6, and thus every day of the week I have a different schedule and meet with different students. I create blocks that have my daily schedule embedded and type my plan overview into each corresponding cell. For example, the “Reading” cells contain the names of students in each reading group, and I change that info as students get regrouped throughout the year. I can note which book each group is reading, what the lesson points are, strategies to highlight, “exit ticket” info, and which kids need to be assessed when. For Science 5 and History 6, I note the standard/benchmark, the differentiated materials I will be offering to each sub-group, homework-projects-assessments, etc. For Writing, I annotate objectives, grammar points, prompts, etc. The cells expand to accommodate as much information as needed. When there’s a schedule change and the lesson is postponed, I just copy and paste my notes onto the next cell and shift all the others. It couldn’t be easier! I hardly ever need to print my plans, but I could if I needed to—I’ve made them so they fit onto 2 facing pages that can be copied back to back. Each week gets its own tab, and when my schedule changes (almost quarterly) I just revamp those individual cells. I save each year’s “book” to use as reference for following years, and I’m able to copy-paste old notes (mentor texts, websites, links to video clips, guest speakers’ contact info) onto the new book as appropriate. When standards get realigned, I can do it effectively and efficiently. If a bigwig or a parent wants to see my plans, I just hand them my computer to browse. If I want to have color-coded sections, I use the Excel paint features. No trees harmed! No money spent on paper! Easily emailed in case of an emergency absence! I just wanted to throw in an alternate suggestion for those still trying to find “their” own system.

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    1. Hi... I love your excel idea... I work between schools and I've been trying to do this. Is there any way you could share some screenshots of your plans?

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  92. this is freakin amazing!!! brilliant idea

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  93. As a soon-to-be 1st year teacher this year, this was the part that I was most concerned about - how to organize my lesson plans so that I stay on top of things and make them easier for me to follow along and change if needed. Your post-it-note lesson plan book is perfect! I actually stumbled on your site by accident (was looking for post-it spelling folders) but I am SO happy that I did! Thank you!

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  95. I used a sticky note planner, years ago, and it was particularly helpful when I needed to move stuff around to make space for unplanned events. Now I use my district's online planner that allows me to type in my plans, click on and post the standard I am teaching, and of course cut and paste as needed. However, I am surprised at the number of teachers who shy away from using an online planner and can only surmise it is due to the lack o portability for some?

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  99. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I have been using a Post-It note daybook for the past month and love it! (I posted a photo at http://the2minutelunch.weebly.com/1/post/2013/09/colour-code-my-life.html if you're interested).

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  100. I am really intrigued by this! I have collected tons of post it notes over the years and have been waiting to find a use for them! I do think however, that this will be time consuming for me to create?? Do you reuse the post it notes from year to year? And use a different notebook each year? Thanks!

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  101. I am just finishing up my first year using this system and I love it. The two preps I have to plan for fit nicely on opposite pages of a standard spiral-bound planner. I also have small post-its in a column for meetings and duty that will totally change each year. I trimmed Post-its to fit the sections I created, ignoring the divisions they have in the planner other than days of the week. Someone on this board asked if it is too stuffed at the end of the year. Mine measures 1/2 inch thick here at the end. Another thing I do is photocopy the page for a topic and place it with the folder of unit materials I used. Next year I will either transfer post-its to a second planner in a rotation system, or build my own planner from templates and a 3 ring binder. That will allow me to add other reference material or remove a semester's worth of plan pages to lighten the load. ~~~Deb~~~

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  103. I am currently making my sticky note plan book as we speak. I rearrange columns and the layout a bit, because I am only teaching one subject. So I added in a sticky note column for the standards I am using for each plan. And I have a row for notes/differentiation/iep modifications as well. I look forward to using it this year in school! Thanks for the amazing tips!

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  104. Anyone have prekindergarten or Kindergarten templates to share?

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