Hello all- This will be my first year teaching and I will have a 5-8 grade resource room. I will have 25-30 students with learning disabilities and other mild disabilities on my case load. I will be doing some inclusion but mostly pull-out with about 6 students at a time. I have seen my classroom and I am so excited, yet one of the things that I have been thinking about/ stressing about is keeping records and documenting students' progress and meeting of IEP goals. I was thinking that a good way to stay organized would be to have one binder for each student. In this binder I would put IEP information as well as data sheets, etc. I was going to have one data sheet for each IEP goal and document dates, times, and the activities. (Is this the most efficient way or should I just keep charts/ checklists attached to clip boards and use those?) I was also thinking of keeping a notebook near me at all times to take notes during/after lessons. If anyone has any other ideas of efficient ways to keep data and notes on students I would be very grateful. Also, any tips on creating lessons and independent work would be helpful as well. So far I was thinking about creating individual packets for each student based on their current levels. In this way I can do some direct instruction while other students are doing independent work. Is this the best way to go or should I consider centers? (I have not seen centers used a whole lot in older classrooms). This new teacher appreciates any other tips and information! Thank you so much!