After moving into a much smaller classroom this year I needed to have a plan on how I was going to help keep
myself my students organized. In the past, I had individual binders at each center. I liked this because no instruction time was lost. The students showed up to the center and could start working instead of having to run back to the last center to grab their binder. With my new space there was no way I could do this, so I decided to make 1 binder for each student. Keep reading to see what I included and how they are organized!
I also include there weekly assessment and these Monthly Comprehension sheets for my students to complete during teacher time.
This is the section that is the most individualized. Due to the nature of my classroom my students math skills vary greatly. The math section contains their math papers for 1-2 units at a time. I make all of the copies at the beginning of the year and add a new unit once we completed another. I am going to LOVE having all of their math worksheets in 1 spot. Last year I was constantly running the copier and let’s just say…..I felt like we didn’t get much math done :(.
Everyday I work with the students on their specific IEP goals. Let’s face it, not all goals can be covered during curricular content time. I load each students binder with activities that match their goals and objectives. We work on these 1:1 everyday. I also keep their data sheets in this section.
This is probably what I am most excited about. Before I clean out the other sections to put in a new monthly theme or unit I plan to go through each section and pull out 1 sheet. Then I will store them in this “Filed Work” section. This will be PERFECT to showcase work the students have done all year. I don’t have a picture of this yet as we haven’t started school….therefore there is no work to be filed :). Here is a glimpse of what the binders look like when the students first open them.
Do you want to know the best part about putting EVERYTHING in 1 binder? I don’t have to go all over the place collecting work samples. I plan to simply grab student binders when I go into IEP meetings. No more lugging baskets of papers home to grade and file. No more “where is this and where is that”. Everything is in 1 spot!!!!
I am very excited about these!!! How do you keep your students work organized?