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July 10, 2012

My Teacher Binder

I started putting together my teacher binder for this coming year.  

In the past I have always just bought a plan book and a separate grade book, but I really wanted to keep everything together for this coming year in my beautiful blue big binder. (I guess it's an alliteration day.)

The other day Thinking of Teaching showed off the teacher binder inserts that she was giving away for FREE!   I think they are absolutely adorable, and since I have finally figured out that I do have an apple themed classroom, they were perfect!

Here's what I have my binder broken into:

 This is the Beach themed freebie that Charity had a while back on the OCB.

 My co-worker designed this and is letting me use it.  Yes, I printed them off pretty blank, but I know that I need to actually write things down to remember them.  That's why I stopped using a lesson plan binder before - I kept forgetting to read the typed portion, and only read my own handwriting.  

 Last year I liked being able to have a separate Daily 5 weekly plan that I could jot specific notes about who I wanted to work with, what specific skills were being taught at each focus lesson, etc.  So I redid my plan from last year to be a landscape version and include 5 days (last year I really only focused on D5 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday - this year will be all 5 days).  Here is the document.  I only printed off the first unit worth of weeks, so if needed I can change it up by the time we get to unit 2.

 I printed this off from the Pinterest pin - I want the verbs handy for writing objectives.  Also in this area is my pacing guide and standards lists.  
 District calendar

 This came from Teaching in Room 6 - she has the ELA standards typed up into a checklist.  My district will also give me the official checklist/rubric sheet for each kid in August.  Those will go here.

 For my grade book, well I was tired of squinting at the tiny little boxes of my past year grade book, so I changed it up to spread over 2 pages.  In my 4th grade classroom, I usually use one sheet for each subject for each trimester.  This is just my hardcopy, from this I transfer everything into the computer program.  Here is the document.    

 My BTS parent questionnaire.  The parents fill this out about their kids.  Here is the document if you want to take a look.  It works well for me. 
Ready for notes - we get a weekly agenda at the staff meeting that I write on.

I hope this helps someone out there.


  1. Thanks for sharing!
    I love how organized you are!

    Fancy Free in Fourth

  2. I like your grade record sheets, makes total sense to me using bigger boxes! I always have a hard time fitting in my grades or assignments in the little boxes. Your binder turned out very nice. I also don't type in anything in my lesson plans until about the third week of school, since specials seem to change before then!
    Teaching Special Kids

  3. Thanks for sharing the organization of your binder. That's next on my to do list & I'm trying to figure out the most logical way to organize it. This was very helpful! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

    1. You are welcome. I tend to have to have a space for everything - so I know I could have just put different aspects of it together - but why not spread everything out if I have room. =)

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    Ms G. In Grade 3

    1. Thank you. I already have it, but it means a lot that you would want to award it to me. Thanks!

  5. Very helpful! Planning my binder right now!!

  6. Wow! All you teachers who also blog just amaze me! You must have some great time management skills!:) I would love a copy of the weekly planning page - can you send to
    Many thanks!

  7. I'm planning to make a binder for myself too, so I love seeing everyone's ideas for their own!

    Thanks for sharing!


    Third Grade's A Charm

  8. Oh my goodness, your blog popped up in my traffic sources stats today so I came to check it out and found that you have a post about my binder cover pages. Thank you so much...even though I know this was 2 years ago. This is so amazing.
    I'm your newest follower!
    Thinking of Teaching


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