I know I
never sometimes pretty much always do. Over the past two years, I've picked up on a few "tricks" to help me stay organized to prevent the above situation. However, there are times as a teacher when even the best organizational tricks will still only leave me with this:
|Notice how pile is organized, yet huger. Yup.|
So, what's a young, sensible teacher to do? TRY HARDER! I completely overhauled my organizational strategies last summer and implemented the Student Organizational Binder as ONE of many tools to help keep me and my kiddos organized. I will NEVER go back to not using one. It's a LOT of work in the beginning and it's also work to maintain, but the payoff is huge!
Meet the D.O.T. Binder! This is the tool that I use in my classroom to help keep my students organized. Here's what I put in my D.O.T. Binder!
I have a lot of labels that I stick on the inside cover so that students have certain information accessible to them at home. Here are the labels I include:
2. Pencil Pouch with any student essentials
3. Dos For Your D.O.T.
|A list of "Dos" in order to care for the D.O.T. Binder|
For this section, I include:
1. Classroom Birthday List
2. School Lunch Menu
3. 40 Book Challenge Sheet
4. STAR Reader Log (School-wide Reading program)
5. Cranium Club Checklist (for the student to track)
6. Our Daily Schedule
7. Business Card Holder for Reward Passes
4. The Homework Folder
The Homework Folder has two sides. A "Keep at Home" side and a "Return to School" side. Homework or forms that need to be returned go on the "Return to School" side, while newsletters and flyers and the such go on the "Keep at Home" side.
5. The Planner
6. The Friday Folder
7. Parent/Teacher Communication Log
8. Pre-made Note Templates
In the back of the D.O.T. Binder I keep prewritten notes for: Bus Notes, Early Dismissal, and Excused Absences. This helps parents because they're already written (they have to fill in a couple of blanks), it's quick & easy for them, & it ensures that I get all the information I need as the teacher.
I collect D.O.T. Binders on Friday Morning (see the crate on the left?) and during the kiddos' Recess or Special, I complete all of the Friday Folders.
Love this idea and want to implement your own Organizational Binder? You can buy your own Organizational Binder Starter Kit from my TpT store or my Teachers Notebook store!! These kits have EVERYTHING you need to get started, except the binders of course. I have a variety of kits available, all pictured below! Click the captions to see the items! Here's to a phenomenal week! :)
|D.O.G. Binder Starter Kit|
|O.W.L. Binder Starter Kit|
|B.I.R.D. Binder Starter Kit|
|H.A.I.R.Y Binder Starter Kit|
|D.O.T. Binder Starter Kit|
|C.A.M.P. Binder Starter Kit|