"An organized teacher is what makes a good teacher into a great teacher." - anonymous
I am not an organized person. Ask my mom, my sister, or my husband. This is just not something that comes naturally for me. However, I have learned the purpose and importance of organization. Not only is it important for a teacher, but it is for a mom, and simply for everyday purposeful and intentional living. I will write more on this later, but for this blog post I am reposting a blog about Organized Binders. These binders truly helped me stay on top of things during the busy school year!
There are a ton of different ways to organize a teaching binder - many found on Pinterest :). Instead of focusing on only one binder, I decided to use 3 different binders this year. Last year, I felt very unorganized and all over the place with my binder so I'm hoping this will help. Personally, I hate lugging around a massive binder with everything in it, which is my other reason for splitting up my information and notes.
This is how I decided to split it up:
Obviously, my teaching binder is my main, everyday binder. These are the sections I used in each binder:
1. Important Info - Where I place all the extra important information I need for the day or week.
2. Schedules - Where I place daily schedules, including AEA, and schedule changes.
3. Day Plans - The obvious
4. Monthly Plans - This is something new I am adding this year in order to help me see an overall view of the month ahead.
5. Class Lists - This is used for daily reminders, field trips, etc. (This is not used for marking - see below at the student binder)
6. Long Range Plans
7. Meeting Info
1. Class Lists - This will be used for marking and assessment. I believe having this in my student binder will help me, as it will be the binder I will take along with me when marking and will also have students' information in it. A clip board will be added to the front of this binder so I always have that to take with me as well.
2. Parent Teacher Interviews - Any information I need for these.
3. Student Info - I will have a section for each student in my class to keep anecdotal notes, report cards, etc.
1. Overall Notes - General idea notes for the class
2. Management - Any ideas to improve classroom management
3. Language Arts
... And possibly to add other subjects I teach as well.
Hopefully this will make everyday chaos, into a bit more organized chaos :)