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Back To School Bash Giveaway: It's the Planner in me!


Oh, my goodness y'all!  This is our second annual Back to School Bash and it is HUGE!
We have over $2,000.00 in prizes lined up and we can't wait to share them with you.

I'm so excited to share my basket with you because I love all things organization!
Especially when it comes to Erin Condren planners.
I've used her Life Planner for three years now and I don't know how I ever lived without it.


Erin Condren has generously donated a $100.00 gift certificate so that one lucky winner can build the Teacher Planner of their dreams.  So what are you waiting for? 
You can read more about her planners by clicking HERE

  

As if those two prizes aren't out of control enough…both baskets will also include a $25.00 gift card to spend however you'd like at Creative Teaching Press! 


 Enter by following the directions below and then Hop on over to the next bash basket.


Before you run off and hop over to the next bash basket, don't forget to stop back by my blog on Saturday to see what the GRAND PRIZE will be! I promise you don't want to miss it! 


There are still tons of prizes left in this little hop! Click the button below to hop on to the next basket! There are 18 different baskets in the giveaway and you don't want to miss one! Trust me…;)



366 comments:

  1. LABELING!! If I didn't label everything I'd be an organizational mess :)

    Katie
    Dirty Hands & Lesson Plans

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  2. Organization is not my strong point but it's something I am figuring out over time! Baskets are a must lol

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  3. Binders! I've been making binders organized by skill and topic to keep my materials organized.

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  4. Labelled sterilite drawers help keep me organized!

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  5. I love the teachers toolbox, I made mine this summer and can't wait to use it!
    Sara
    Frampton's FUNdamentals

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  6. I want that planner soooooo bad!

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  7. I put everything into Binders and Tubs with labels! If I didn't... it would never be found again! LOL!

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  8. I use binders to organize my units and I label EVERYTHING!

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  9. Pretty labels on everything make me actually want to put things where they belong!

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  10. Label EVERYTHING! That's my greatest tip!

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  11. Binders and labels are my favorites!

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  12. Keep binders for each subject area so that it's all in one spot and easy to find!

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  13. I love my EC life planner, but my budget said no for the school planner. I would love to win one!

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  14. I'm a binder girl that's how I organize lots of things, pretty labeled binders

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  15. I need the planner to help keep me organized this year!

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  16. I HAVE to have my file holders. I use them for all of my paper sorting. They are a life saver!

    Www.coordinatedclassroom.blogspot.com

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  17. My EC planner! That's my secret!!

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  18. I use a mailbox sorter for my own papers to avoid pile ups

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  19. I like to label everything!!!! This way the kids can find things and help put things away also.

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  20. My key to organization is to make a list! I have a daily list, weekly list and monthly list going. It keeps me organized and motivated when I get to cross an item off the list!!

    Aimee
    aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org
    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

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  21. I organize all of my TPT units and papers into binders by theme and then in the locset I also have a matching box for larger items.

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  22. I love organization! In my home my favorite tip is to get rid of stuff you aren't using & have a place for everything. I make sure to put things away when I'm finished! I went to the Container Store for the first time last week. Oh my, I was like a kid in a candy store! Carol

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  23. I use labels and color coding. And I really try to put things away in the proper place after I use them.

    http://teachandlearntoday.blogspot.com

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  24. A data notebook with a tab for each child for classroom use but then a folder for ever child in Evernote as a virtual portfolio. So great for conferences!

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  25. I save my back to school to do list & first day lesson plans so all I have to do is tweak them as the year starts.

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  26. I create two extra sets of papers and materials for students who may come in the middle of the year. It is so hard to back track and gather everything the child will need. Place everything in a zip lock bag and it's ready to go for the new friend who joins your class!

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  27. I teach in a Title One school and we have a high transfer rate of students, so I always make sure I have extra of everything already pre-made so I'm not scrambling to get a new student what they need : )

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  28. I usually gain quite a few new students throughout the year. I set aside all the packets, labels, etc I use at the beginning of the year. I put one set per student in a ziploc bag. This helps when a new student comes. I just pull out a bag and have everything I need for them.

    Ms. King's Kinders

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  29. I love the 5 pocket expanding files from the target dollar bin. As an ESL teacher I use them this way: one pocket for vocabulary cards, One for speaking activities, one for listening, one for reading, one for writing. This way I make sure I have an activity for every language skill!

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  30. I also have lots of new students, so I keep a few new student bags with supplies, folders, and a welcome sheet.

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  31. I use the most insane color-coded to do list. And label EVERYTHING. :)

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  32. Love my hanging file holder that I got at Mardel! Keeps papers out of the way and on hand at a moments notice. Plus it looks cute:)

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  33. Going digital! Get the files on the computer organized so they are easy to find, and use an online planning tool-comlete with standards-for the day to day stuff. mrsrastin@rogers.com

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  34. I love to color code and label EVERYTHING! My kinders quickly learn to match anything they are doing with the color table they sit at. Makes organizing papers and supplies very easy.
    MaMa Goose’s Kindergarten

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  35. Yipee! Thank you for doing all you do!!

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  36. Labels and binders make life much easier!

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  37. binders and color coded folders/notebooks for each subject

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  38. Labels, binders and a planner make my life easier.

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  39. I use a binder and file holder and my computer! Ouff! Trying to go as digital as possible but it's proving to be more difficult than I thought!

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  40. I have a binder separated by subject for all blog/pinterest ideas that I like- then when I need them know where to find them!

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  41. Do a little bit everyday! When I had a teacher desk I would clear it off (almost) everyday before leaving. Now, I just sort papers and whatever else before I leave for the day.

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  42. I use binders, label everything, and I am a crazy list maker! I
    Also love to find neat ways to encourage my students to be organized because first graders usually need lots of help with that! :)

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  43. I like to stay organized by having a place for everything.
    Ruthanne rarace81@gmail.com

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  44. Color coding, binders, and labels!

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  45. I love binders, tabs, and I label everything! I also make sure to organize every day before I leave so I come in ready to go the next morning.

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  46. Putting things away immediately and letting them pile up before my eyes.

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  47. I try to clean off my desk daily... sighh

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  48. Take the time to file papers every day. It's a goal for me this year!!

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  49. A fellow teacher shared this tip with me and it has helped me at school and at home. She said if something takes less than two minutes to do to not put off doing it. It keeps my life so much more organized.

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  50. I love anything to do with organization! My classroom is filled with buckets and baskets so that everything has a place. The same applies for my social life. Id be lost without my EC planners :) thank you for hosting this fun giveaway!

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  51. Checklists, baskets, and post its!!

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  52. Trying to teach my college junior daughter organizational skills to last a lifetime...she is a photojournalism student and has LOTS of appointments to keep...a planner is essential! Would LOVE to win one for me and buy one for her :)

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  53. My favorite tip to stay organized -- color code!

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  54. The thing that keeps me the most organized is definitely using my color coded pens in my EC planner!

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  55. I label everything. I also love to make lists to ensure I have everything covered.

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  56. I've learned once I've used something to put it up. I'm less likely to lose it, and I'm able to stay better organized without all the extra clutter around the room. This is especially true for filing!!

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  57. Agreed folks....color code and number systems! Where would we be without 'em?

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  58. I love to have drawers labels with each day of the week so I can place all my materials for that day in it. The drawers work well because you can place bigger things like center manipulatives. These are also great for when there is a sub.

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  59. I am trying to be super organized this year!!!! Labeling everything, getting new totes, and (hardest thing of all...) purging stuff that i haven't used in a while!!!! I also debate about one of the quick scanner things to go paperless, has anyone tried that?

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  60. I file everything. I file by month and holiday that way I can't lose it!

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  61. Still trying to improve in this area by reading all these fabulous blogs!

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  62. I love having a binder for each month, a drawer for each day of the week, and a spot for every paper.

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  63. I color coordinate tables and the supplies that go there.
    Stacy Caudill Smith

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  64. I write each event in a different color and draw a picture! Helps it to stand out!
    Amy
    amyjperry@gmail.com

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  65. Fave organization tip: baskets! and sharpies for labeling. :-)

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  67. I love planners and my flair pens to keep me organized!
    Lindsey
    Chalkboard Charm

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  68. I just reorganized my filing cabinet! Whew! What a job it was but feeling so confident that it is going to help keep me sane this year! Reading/ Language Arts organized aligned to reading series so I have all necessary resources ready for the week! :)

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  69. I give each student a number and that is how I know who needs to hand it certain work. I also organize my centers in different color bins. I teach in both English and Spanish so no matter what the language is, the students know the center based on the color of the bin (example-word work is always a RED bin no matter what language it is!) =)
    twinkiemom10@gmail.com

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  70. I bought erasable pens for my planner, helps me preplan with the knowledge I can erase instead of cross out.

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  71. My favorite organization is student mailboxes for those loose papers and labels!! :)

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  72. Having a spot for everything! I'm currently making a teacher toolbox and I'm loving how ill have a place to store all my knock knacks that get scattered all over my table!

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  73. I typed up a master "To Do" list for beginning of the year tasks that need to be done before the year starts. It seemed like my To Do list was pretty much the same each year and so now I have the list done and get started on the tasks at hand.

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  74. I use labels on everything! This keeps my manipulatives, student materials, and me organized. I also use binders to keep all of my paperwork organized.

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  75. Stay on top of organizing! Don't let things pile up! I few minutes a day to put thinks away works wonders!

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  76. Labels! I also throw/give things away immediately if I don't need or want it.

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  77. One binder for all info including student contact info, tests scores, faculty meeting notes, COS, textbook numbers, etc! Makes my life a whole lot simpler!

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  78. Student numbers. It makes grading and keeping track of supplies so much easier.

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  79. Binders, labels and colour coding.

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  80. Make sure to keep a couple new student folders ready with everything a new student would need so when you get transfers you are all set and not stressfully looking for everything they need

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  81. A teacher binder that includes student info, the school calendar, data, lesson plans, etc.

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  82. Labeled files, notebooks & binders for meetings....and sometimes a wing and a prayer to deal with the pile up.:)

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  83. Labeled baskets so everything has a place

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  84. I missed this giveaway last year. I'm so excited to have the opportunity to win!

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  85. I love putting my original copies of worksheets/activities in plastic sleeves to put in my monthly binders so there are not 3 holes (from a hole punch) in my originals. This keeps my originals organized and ready to copy without wrinkled edges.

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  86. I want....NEED...that planner!!!

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  87. Math resources organized by strands (Geometry, Money, Addition/Subtraction, Measurement/Data, etc.)

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  88. I color code everything and use tons of bins in coordinating colors. My students are taught the system so they can put things back after use.

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  89. What an amazing giveaway! Thank you!!!

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  90. Color coding! Not only does it makes things more organized, it makes them prettier too:)

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  91. This is an incredible giveaway! Keeping my fingers crossed! Thank you!

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  92. I have been trying to get a planner but the website is not processing it - this would be amazing!!!!!

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  93. I have been seeing the Erin Condren Planner everywhere and I need to get one! Color Coding is huge for me in my organizing...

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  94. My biggest organizational tip is to use baskets and tubs for everything! I also like to use hanging file folders in my desk to organize my bright colored copy paper or construction paper!

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  95. I love using plastic drawers to store and plan materials for a week

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  96. My organization tip is for electronic files. I have my files organized first by content area, classroom management, or seasonal. Then, I organize them in files with divisions of each.

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  97. I have 5 bins from Lakeshore - one for each day of the week. As I get materials ready, I put them in the basket for the day. I love love them & couldn't live without them.
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  98. I love organizing my classroom library by theme or characters.

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  100. I need a planner!!! I must get organized this year! :)

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  101. EC planners are fun fun fun!! I am always working on being just a little more organized... A never ending goal! I have just unpacked to move into a new classroom for the 2nd year in a row. (I know others do this way more often and I feel for you!) LABELS have saved me!!! Now to label the cabinets and drawers so I am not running around wondering where in my new organized room did I put that very important thing!!

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  102. My FAV organizational tip is to label EVERYTHING!! It helps me find what I need in a snap.

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees
    ventrellasara@gmail.com

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  103. Thanks for an awesome giveaway! I like to use an over the door shoe organizer that I hang on the inside of my closet door to organize supplies that students bring with them at the beginning of school.

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  104. I put a sticky note on the last copy I have of an important form so I never accidentally use it and have to go searching my computer or the school for another copy.

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  105. I would DIE to get one of these planners! One of my essential organizational tips in my normal ol' planner is to use Papermate Flair pens to organize and color-coordinate all of my tasks. I also love using clips and ribbon, too!

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  106. My favorite organizational tip is a filing system for graded papers! I used to have the students file them in their cubbies throughout the day, but that meant that most papers were either left behind, torn, or completely destroyed. Now, I have a filing bin with hanging file folders labeled by student number and the student who has the paper filer job that week will file the classroom papers. This way they are all in one place and I use student numbers so I can reuse the file folders each year! :)

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  107. I like to have everything labeled and in its own bin.

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  108. I have been drooling over Erin's planners!

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  109. I hope I win! Love Erin's planners!!

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  110. My biggest organizational tip is files. I love organizing both my digital and physical files by specific topics/skills so that I can find things quickly and easily.

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  111. I use clothes hangers to hang my anchor charts and then organize them by month, skill, etc.

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  112. I am an organizational freak and can't help but try to organize my not-so-organized partner. Neat piles and everything in it's place! :)

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  113. So excited about this giveaway!!

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  114. Coloring coding with labels and binders are my favorite way to organize, as I know is the same for many teachers. Plastic bins for my desk drawers will be the new addition this year to keep that mess organized. :)

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  115. This would help me out so much as a new teacher!!

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  116. I am little ocd when it comes to organization! Labels and planners are a must!

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  117. Labeling using different color highlighters to indicate testing, practice, lesson, etc.
    Jennifer Tomlin

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  118. I love using a paper sorter to return student work. It makes packing folders at the end of the day much easier.

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  119. This is a great giveaway. Thank you!

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  120. Labels and binders are the way to go!! Thank you for your amazing work and for this giveaway!

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  121. These giveaways are AMAZING! Thank you! My organizational tip: have a defined place for all paperwork. I have bins for each day of the week, to be filed, to be copied, to be graded, etc.

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  122. Organizing is my favorite thing to do!! It takes a lot of time, but so worth it in the end :) I love having bins clearly labeled, and using student #s has really helped with papers

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  123. I love EVERYTHING Erin Condren!!!! She makes it so easy to organize!

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  124. I love a good planner! I have wanted an Erin Condren planner for years!! And I'm a labeler- I label everything!!

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  125. My label maker is my favorite tool this time of year as I organize and label materials, binders, shelves, drawers, etc. Also I am fortunate to have a cousin who works for a major oil company here in town. I have been able to get my school on their list of in-kind donation recipients. For the past 3 summers the school has received boxes and boxes of "gently used" 1 and 2 inch binders that would have likely ended up in the trash had I not agreed to pick them up

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  126. I label EVERYTHING...even student pencils! Each student has their own supply box that I keep that holds their extra pencils, extra erasers, etc. When they need one, they can help themselves to their own pencils. I have found that if they have ownership of their own pencils, they tend to not chew on them, rip off the eraser tips, etc. Takes an hour or two at home but so completely worth it!

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  127. Thank you for this amazing giveaway. I label everything and keep things in binders. This helps me to stay as organized as possible!

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  128. Clear plastic sleeves are my best friend!

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  129. I've organized all of my worksheets, ideas, examples, etc. into binders by each six week grading period. This allows me to pull out one binder at a time and not have loose papers everywhere. I love it!! I would also love to win some of these awesome prizes!!!

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  130. I put all my center materials in order in my filing cabinet by season/holiday. Makes getting things ready for the next unit SUPER easy! Love it!

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  131. I use baskets to store all my materials for reading and math groups and rotate materials during the week!

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  132. so excited!!! This is the best giveaway / bash I've ever seen! I want all the things! thanks!

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  133. I love to use colors to keep things organized! one color for each subject!

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  134. I would say to clean off your desk at the end of every day. It doesn't allow things to pile up and you know what needs to be done the next day.

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  135. I love this giveaway! Thanks so much!

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  136. I don't know that I have any amazing organizational tips--this is going to be my second year as a teacher and last year I was swimming in papers,projects, and everything else that comes a teacher's way! My goal this year is definitely to get organized! I'll take all the tips I can get :)

    Kristin
    kristinbrehm@gmail.com

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  137. I make labels for all of my students folders and books and put them in individual baggies on the desk on the first day of school.

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  138. I like to use a calendar for the school year and write everything down so I can remember.

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  139. I label all bins, drawers, etc. so everything has a place. Find your "Organization Experts" early on, they love helping and and spot things I don't even notice!

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  140. I use RIT dye to color my clothes pins so they match my theme. my kids always love them!

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  141. I never leave at the end of the day until my desk is clear. It starts every day fresh and organized! :)

    Hope
    Teaching With Hope

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  142. I color code my learning targets, vocabulary words, turn in baskets, and homework signs for each of the subjects so students know which item belongs to which subject.

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  143. I cut out the puzzle picture from the box and put it in a ziplock bag. It takes up less space and the boxes don't last. For bigger floor puzzles I get a storage tub and tape the picture on the box

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  144. Lots of color coding, labels and lists! An organized teaching assistant is my extra plus!

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  145. So excited for this giveaway! Loving getting organized!

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  146. I am putting the same decorative tape on all items in my writing center so students know where they belong when they borrow them.

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  147. I use Booksource Classroom Organizer to organize my classroom library. It's awesome and so easy for the students to use once books are entered. Keeps my library in check all year long :)

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  149. Binders save my organizational sanity. There is a binder for everything and for everything there is a binder. :)

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  150. I love my seat sacks to organize their school boxes and I put a folder in their seat sack to organize anything the students want to finish later.

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  151. Keep everything in its proper place like teacher papers. You never know when you are going to need it.

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  152. File folders for each day of the week.

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  154. I have a notebook with TO DO lists for all my art projects during the year. And I have a parent volunteer prep projects at least 2 weeks in advance for me. LOVE my volunteers!!! Once projects are prepped (usually cutting paper), each project goes into a gallon size ziplock with the sample, so it's ready to go when I need it. I also have a similar TO DO list for the beginning of the school year to help me get through the first two weeks of school, so I don't forget anything.

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  155. Organization is my weak area! I like using tubs to keep work in that we use often, so it's quick to grab and my student helpers can do it themselves.

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  156. I really like labeling things that makes it easier for me to find things, also I like having a binder to organize different notes. I also like having different containers for books as well as different shelves.

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  157. I write everything down. I have all my different word works and activities in excel spread sheets (as well as my books, manipulatives, etc...) so I can always see what I have when I'm not at school.

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  158. My EC planner! OMG I went on Vacation and "put it in a safe place" right before I left (aka my stressed out packing mode set it some where) and I couldn't find it for 5 days after I came home and I was SO LOST without it! I was kicking myself that I would have to go buy a new one! SO GLAD I found it!

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  159. I file and label everything! Everything has a container and a spot. I make folders for each standard to keep activities and idea. I make a folder for each day of the week to hold lesson plans so I'm always prepared. I love to be organized!

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  160. Everything in its place! I have a drawer or space for all paperwork like each day of the week, to be graded, filed, copied, each station has its own space, and all literacy groups in a basket at my table!

    Rene

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  161. I sure hope I win this. Can't wait to see you in NJ!

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  162. I would love to win this along with all the other "goodie" baskets. :)
    I have color coded baskets on each table with same color crayon boxes and scissors. Every students knows where to put their things.

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  163. My organizational tip would be to look at what others are doing and find something that works for you. What works for one does not work for all. Thank you for hosting this awesome giveaway!

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  164. I organize a lot of my centers I'm ziplock bags. They won't fall out and they are clear! :)

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  165. I help my students be more organized by creating a "Homework Box" that I give them at our first grade open house. This is a place to keep homework, library books, crayons, pencils, math games, flashcards, etc. This way they have their own "spot" at home to keep things from getting lost or ruined.

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  166. I file and label everything!

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  167. I love the feeling of being organized! It is something I am still working on. I like to make sure everything has it's own organized spot.

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  168. I file and label everything!

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  169. I label EVERYTHING and I have a teacher toolbox to help organize the little things.

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  170. There nothing better than being organized! I am still working on it. I label everything and make sure there is a particular place for everything.

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  171. Every day starts with a slide show including calendar activities, 4 or 5 slides about the student of the day, P.E. Groups, reminders for library books, stories, sign language alphabet, sight word songs, etc.

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  172. This is an E-organization tip: I sort ALL emails into one of many folders AFTER I have taken any necessary action regarding to it. When I see my inbox, it only contains emails that still need to be "dealt" with in some way. This ensures that I never miss anything!

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  173. My best organizational tip is to do what works for you. Just as we all have different learners in our classroom, organized means one thing to me, but it could be totally different for you. I personally label everything and everything has a place.

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  174. Just recently started de-cluttering my room. I have a long way to go.

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  175. I label and color code everything.

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  176. I make sure I have a spot for all those papers.... no stacks!

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