It's officially the start of week three - and I couldn't be more excited about it! I'm finally getting into a groove, and while I'm still going to sleep by 10 at night (at the latest) and trying to manage eating breakfast and lunch every day, I could not be more excited that I wake up every day to live my dream.
I don't do it without being super organized though, and so I wanted to show you my number one organization tool: my teacher binder.
The binder is from Target and I absolutely love it! I bought it before I knew I'd be teaching where I student taught, and it just so happens that the school color is blue so that worked out really well! Inside, I have taped a copy of my schedule and yes - it is color coded. I also made printed tabs with all of the key information I need - including my calendar, plan book, attendance, absent forms, parent contact forms, special ed plans, my to do list and a general catch-all one.
Above, you can also see a copy of my plan book and you'll see that I keep things I'm working on in the front of the binder for quick use - right now it's my study guide for my first unit in world history that I need to type for my freshmen.
I also have a section for a large calendar, and you can see how I take attendance and what the absent forms look like as well. I blocked out the attendance list, in case you could make out the names for my class.
This binder really is a life saver! It's wonderful to have all of the things I need most often in one spot - especially the plan book and attendance list. I have five different classrooms that I move throughout during the day, and this book helps me to keep myself and my students on track.
Do you use a teacher binder? If not, what do you use to keep yourself on track? Would you add an additional tabs? I'd love to hear what works for you in the classroom!