Monday, May 21, 2012

Binder Organization

I love anything ORGANIZATION.
I love peeking at how others organize their plans and papers, so I thought I would share what works for me.  I like to use a 1 inch binder, not too big, not too small, but just right.  Inside I put what I need in order to plan, organize, input grades/scores.  Best of all, since it's only an inch, I can take it home easily, no problema :)

I used to put my plans on the front of the binder, but it seemed to make more sense to have a cute cover so my plans could be easily found. I place lesson plans on the backside for quick and easy access.  I love to use tabs with pockets so that I can place papers if I don't have time to punch holes right away.

Section 1:   Student Info- birthdays, phone numbers, I.D. numbers/language codes, or any important student info from the office.  (note: I put bulletin on inside of this tab because it's in the front).

Section 2:  Records- I love this section!  I have a general class list and make several copies at the beginning of the year.  I like having all of my students' scores on one sheet because  I can easily see their growth.  I have one sheet for letter I.D., sounds, high frequency words, etc.  I used to keep these sheets in my assessment binder, but when I take my binder home I have everything I need without having to lug around my huge assessment binder.

Section 3:  Pacing Guides-  Math and Language Arts Pacing guides from the district, Smart Goals, and my Reading Scope & Sequence with themes at a glance.

Section 4:  Standards- I put a copy of our grade level standards and a copy of the Kinder Report Card, next year, Common Core.

Section 5:  Calendar-  We get a yearly calendar from our principal but I like to transfer information that pertains to our grade level here.  But I'll have to post about a different calendar I use that I absolutely LOVE!

The last section holds papers in transition.  These are generally projects I would like to work on when I have the time,  (yeah right :)

I used to have a section for lesson plans, but I found that if I need to refer to them I can quickly access them on my flash drive.

My lil' cutie pie, busy making another master piece!
These make super Teacher Binder Covers as well :)


  1. I really enjoyed reading about your organized binder.
    I use a binder for my grades too.

  2. Thank you for sharing your ideas for organizing your binder! I love to see how others organize all the papers and info that we have to keep up with.
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. Great ideas for organization - I need all the help I can get. I am so glad that I found your blog. I am looking forward to following you. Please stop by my new blog when you get a chance, I am always looking for suggestions.

  4. These are great ideas to get me started on my organization for next year. Thanks for sharing!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. i am binder kinda of girl too...but i think that mine is too big,gone get a smaller one next year. I can't wait to hear about your new calendar...please share!

  6. I love organizing things! Thanks for the great ideas. I'm your newest follower - would love for you pop by sometime!