Organization is an essential skill of being a teacher. Teachers often deal with more paperwork than anything else. As an organization nut, I had to have a simple way to organize all of my worksheets, parent handouts, and teacher guides. There are many different ways teachers do this such as using a filing cabinet to hold files separated by topic or storage boxes for each season that hold books and worksheets. I liked the storage box idea, but I wanted to be able to easily flip through all my resources and see right away what I have, and I needed everything organized by topic. So, I got the idea to create resource binders, and I LOVE them!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Binders for each subject
- Sheet Protectors
- Dividers for each subject/topic
- Post-it Tabs
- Label Maker
I bought binders for each subject and sheet protectors for each worksheet/handout I had, along with post-it tabs and dividers. The sheet protectors can get expensive when you’re dealing with thousands of papers, but if you buy them as you go and over a period of time, it’s not bad, and it’s totally worth it.
I separated all of my worksheets, handouts, and guides into subjects and topics. I also grouped them in order as they were taught. Then, I put them into sheet protectors and put them in their designated binder.
Afterward, I went back and separated each topic (Money, Graphing, Fractions, etc.) with a divider and went more specific to label each topic with post-it tabs for easy finding.
Finally, I used a label maker to make labels for each binder and its categories for easy and quick finding.
When lesson planning, I go straight to my resource binders, flip through to see what I have, and pull out what I need to make copies, and then put them back into their sheet protector after copying.
It takes a while to make these, so I would suggest doing it over a break or at least a weekend that you’re going to be free and dedicated to do it, but it made my teaching life so much easier and simplified.