Thanks to the fabulous Leslie, from Kindergarten Works, I have decided to consolidate my system. Leslie just posted an incredible entry on her blog about how she keeps everything important together in one binder, in her post on Binder Basics. (By the way, if you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you must! She is so amazing, she makes me sometimes wish I taught Kindergarten, and you know how much I love working with my older students!!)
Anyhow, I have kept my lesson plans and district standards together in the past, but usually kept other items in different binders and folders. Not anymore!
I started by making my own laminated tabs, so they could be a bit bigger and color-coordinated the way I want. I taped each tab, front and back, onto some extra paper I had stashed away, to make dividers:
I made four larger tabs for the basic categories: Planning, Assessing, Grading, and Info. I then made smaller tabs for specific materials and resources. Here are some photos of each section:
(Leslie shares a fantastic one on her blog!)
The only other thing I will add to each section is one of those plastic pockets to stash papers in until they are filled out, graded, and/or sorted.
I am psyched! I feel like I have streamlined everything into a resource I can take everywhere and always have what I need.
I know so many forms are hard to share because they are personalized for our own students and districts. I am sharing two of the more basic files below–I hope someone can use at least one of them! The fonts/graphics are Kevin and Amanda, of course!