Some of my top teacher organization tips are collected here in one place on KindergartenWorks. Pin your favorite ideas to create your own collection or hop over to TeachJunkie.com to find more. When I wrote a favorite post Binder Basics, I asked you my favorite readers to share your tips on making your own teacher planning binder. Here are your fantastic ideas and responses.
These tips are taken from the readers of KindergartenWorks in response to how they’ve made teacher planning more simple. Take and use what works for you. Thanks to everyone who shared what they do! You’ve got some fantastic ideas!
Thank you for this share. I am an ESOL teacher so work with children in three different grades and am looking for ideas on how to create a planning binder like yours. The only change I can see making to my binder is that under Lesson Plans I will put in separate tabs for each of my groups–I might organize by time because I go from one group to the next rapidly. But all the other components will be there – thanks to you! -Llewis
I customize my lesson plans and calendar too for the whole year so it is ready to go. I also make the template for each monthly newsletter with as much info ready to go as possible. Once the school year starts it’s go go go! What program do you use to create your templates? – Annie Katorosz
Great ideas! I’m going to get to work on mine at school tomorrow. I’ve created my own template for lesson plans, and I am starting to use it this school year. I like the idea of having everything you need. I’m also going to include my pacing guides. I may even transfer them over to a calendar like yours 🙂 -Terri Thornton
I also have a tab for the next year’s “needs” so that at the end of the year when I’m compiling my supply list for the office I can refer to that list instead of relying on memory. I also list any ideas for the next school year as well as any classroom decor needs such as bulletin board border, new door decorations, etc… -Martha
I have used a binder for the last 3 years. This helps keep me organized and everything is in one place. I have a tab for school notes, memos, etc. (I always seemed to misplace these and a tab for substitute information. Thanks for sharing your ideas. – rlong56
I LOVE this idea, and did something pretty similar in my class last year. I was teaching English I, so I had slightly different criteria in my binder, but it worked in the same way. I, too, re-typed the standards. It took me awhile, but I managed to get them all into one concise sentence. It saved me SO much time of wading through all that state department gobbldy-gook to figure out exactly what I was supposed to be teaching. And seeing something that I did as a first-year teacher on someone else’s blog makes me think I was doing something right! 🙂 By the way, I love the bracelet idea, and I’ll probably be using that this year!
I had a couple of other things in my binder that I thought I’d share with you. I taught 6 classes a day, and each of my freshman classes had a seating chart. So I kept copies of my seating chart in my binder (and copies in my sub folder). That way, if there was a fire drill or other emergency (God forbid), I could grab one binder and have the roster and my precious lesson plans all in one. And because my students were of the English I variety, I kept their book report logs in my binder, as well. Finally, I kept my student information cards inside. These were attached to the syllabus, and part of it was filled out by the student, and part of it was filled out by the parent/guardian. It just asked general things about contacting them, extracurriculars I might need to be aware of, special needs in the classroom or on field trips, etc.
Thanks for posting this! -mrskaras
I have never thought of using a binder this way for myself! I think it is an awesome idea and plan to implement it this year! I think maybe a student information section would be helpful as well to document any need you might see that a student has! Thanks so much for sharing! -Melissa Gragg
This is great! I am using a binder this year too, and you gave me some great ideas! I’ve created a checklist for the new CCSS so all I have to do is check off which standards we are addressing each day. I hope this will be an easy way to keep ip with the new standards! – Emily
I have a binder too! You can see how I do it here: http://onehappyteacher.blogspot.com/2011/08/organized-teacher-my-binder.html -lrcavazos
Wow! You are so organized! Gives me some motivation to get even more organized this year. I typically would have my lessons in a binder and then the year I had to take a maternity leave, I made a section with monthly ideas. Each page had the month, pic of the hall bulletin board, various themed books for that month, and writing ideas. -meostressed
Thanks for all the great ideas. I love the look of the calendar template, thanks for sharing it. I also LOVE the handwriting fonts. Which one is on the calendar? As for organization….this is a small thing but it helps out a LOT for me organizing papers. COLOR CODING! We still do half-day Kindergarten here and to keep assessment sheets, permission slips, Party/Volunteer helper sheets, etc under control, I print AM class on yellow papers and PM class on blue…. That way at a glance I know which class the paper should be placed with. Again, it’s a little thing, but it saves me time wondering if the paper belongs to “Jimmy” in the AM class or “Jimmy” in the PM class. I do color coding for Parent Conference slips as well. The master sheet with the conference times is the same color as the invite/reminder slip that goes home to parents. I end up with about 4 different colors, but when the slips are returned it’s easy to know where they go. Back to your calendar template, would you ever consider selling one that can be edited? I LOVE being able to type my info directly into it. Just wonderin’ 😉
THANKS! – Cindy B
I never thought to bind my old lesson plans from the previous years–I would just throw them out! I’m not proud, but I couldn’t take the excess paper.
My lesson plan book would also include a parent email list-I’d put it right in the front. I’d love to see more on how you plan your math groups. Your organization is an inspiration! Thank you for sharing this–I’m excited to put my plan book together :o) – jen
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