organizing teacher binder

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  1. chemistrynerd

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    Right now I have handouts and lessons all over the place, and I'd like to organize them into a binder so I can easily find them next year and keep track of what I've taught. Any suggestions on how to keep a teacher binder? I teach HS Chemistry (and possibly math next year)
     
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  3. physteach

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    Any handout I made gets immediately hole punched and put at the end of my binder. This way, I have a record of what I did and in what order. I also use it to store answer keys (along with printed copies of tests). Additionally, I make notes on each handout if there is something that I would have liked to drop/include.

    I'm starting a second binder for samples of student work for each project/lab/writing piece that we do.
     
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    I scan everything and keep it on the computer. I'm a paper packrat, so I scan it and recycle it when I'm done. Otherwise, it becomes clutter.
     
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    I do the same. I keep a binder of my handouts and answer keys and at the end of a unit I put in a new binder divider and start with the next topic. I also have a binder for student samples. Finally, I try to keep an e-copy so that if for some reason my binder is destroyed, not all work is lost. I have to create most of my own lessons and activities so it isn't any extra work.
     
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    Yup. I have a separate binder where I keep every handout. I'll go back with a sticky note and jot down anything I need to do for next year (maybe "do not do until later" or "needs preteaching").

    We keep all of our notes in a composition book, so I keep one along with the kids and jot down notes to myself for the next year.
     
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    Same. I've got my space on our school server split up into the various preps that I teach/have taught, then broken down by topic and subtopic within each folder. I can find anything that I want in about 30 seconds, which makes me much more efficient when I'm prepping lessons on my plan period.

    I also have a separate digital folder for lesson plans broken up by unit/topic. I can go back to last year to see what I did and modify it for the students this year.
     
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    I have binders for everything! Each chapter I teach in math has its own binder. Each binder has tabs for:
    * Lesson plans
    * Guided notes - blank student copy & key
    * Bell work - blank student copy & key
    * tests and quizzes
    * extra worksheets
    * Geometry proof sheets - student copy & key

    After 2 years of teaching geometry & pre-algebra, I spent part of my summer getting each chapter organized this way. It's saved me so much time in the long run! If I start teaching another math course w/ new textbook I'll definitely do the same thing.
     
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    I usually create my worksheets digitally on Google Docs, and it all stays there. Makes it so easy to search for what I need and just print it out, or make quick changes to worksheets that I need to change.

    I also made a hard copy binder of everything last year, but I rarely use it. I'm trying to convert some of my handwritten worksheets to a digital copy, so I can have everything digital.
     

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