There are all kinds of organizational tools for teachers on the Internet. My school is going as paperless as possible, but as much as I LOVE technology (especially organizational technology!) there are times when "old school" is quicker and more efficient (at least for me!) I definitely did not create this idea out of thin air, but thought it might be fun to share the organizational binder I created to keep my school life running smoothly.
To make my binder I used: a black 3 ring binder, colorful scrapbook paper, sheet protectors, file/tab stickers, three hole punch, and card stock.
I divided my binder into 5 sections: Grades, Grading Info, Misc. School Info, Schedules, and Curriculum. I used different patterns of scrapbook paper in a sheet protector and tab stickers to mark each section.
GRADES: This is where I keep current grades. We use an online grading program, but its so much easier for me to write it down as I grade and then transfer it online later. Plus, then I have a copy of my grades if something should go wrong online (its been known to happen…)
This is the link to the site
where I print my gradebook pages. I use little masking tape tabs to mark each class’s page. When a term is over I move these sheets to the GRADING INFO tab. (see below.)
GRADING INFO: I create a new set of grade sheets for each term (or quarter - we’re on a block schedule so that’s our terminology) so I keep earlier terms under this tab, along with any other grading information, online grading tips, and a copy of our grading scale. I also have a large stock of blank grading pages so when the new term comes around, I just have to move them to the GRADING tab and begin.
MISC. SCHOOL INFO: This is where class lists, committees, and a variety of other information goes. A lot of our info is now paperless, but if it is something important that I will refer to frequently, I will make a paper copy. We have a great internet connection, but there are still times when our wifi goes down and it helps to be prepared.
SCHEDULES: School calendar, Professional Development, lunch duty, hall duty, etc… You get the idea.
CURRIC: This is where I put my weekly lesson plans (as described here) when the week is done. You could keep them here all of the time, but I like to have them on a separate clipboard during the week they are in use.
The great thing about this binder is that it is simple, efficient, inexpensive and can be tailored to individual needs. I love having everything in one spot. I have a similar digital notebook on my Evernote account, but sometimes old school is just right! Happy Organizing!