What do you put in your teacher binder?

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  1. WaterfallLady

    WaterfallLady Enthusiast

    Aug 27, 2006
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    I'm re-evaluating some things this year. I am wondering what other teachers put in their teacher binders? I am especially interested in hearing from special education teachers, but I want to hear from everyone!
  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

    Sep 30, 2001
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    I have a plan book. No 'binder'.
  4. Sm2teach

    Sm2teach Companion

    Jul 21, 2012
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    I have a lesson plan binder for each 6wks. I print off lesson plans and an extra copy of handouts, a copy of the standards, a copy of our extended placemat (our scope and sequence) and a printout from the office with the student's names and numbers.
  5. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

    Jun 10, 2007
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    What do you mean by "teacher binder"?
  6. bella84

    bella84 Aficionado

    Jul 20, 2012
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    I just put mine together earlier this week! It's still a bit of a work in progress, but this is what I have right now:

    I keep the following in my teacher binder that I carry with me daily:
    - lesson plans
    - attendance
    - my daily schedule and student roster
    - IEP/re-eval dates and student birthdays
    - all grade-level schedules and the building-wide schedule (since I work with multiple grade-levels and classes)
    - district calendar
    - sped admin/department chair stuff
    - frequently referred to academic planning resources
    - frequently referred to behavior resources
    - miscellaneous notes

    I have a separate binder for sped case manager things. I pull it out whenever I am working on the dreaded paperwork. In that binder, I have:
    - reading level charts (F&P reading levels, lexile levels, DRA levels, etc.)
    - sped file compliance checklist
    - checklist of procedures for completing paperwork when a student transfers from in-state or out-of-state
    - referral flow chart/procedures and example paperwork
    - eligibility determination "cheat sheets" and example paperwork
    - references for writing IEPs, list of accommodations from the state
    - checklist of procedures for when a student moves away or is dismissed from sped
    - random compliance notes from workshops and meetings
  7. Ima Teacher

    Ima Teacher Virtuoso

    Oct 25, 2005
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    I don't really have a "teacher binder". I have different binders for different things.

    Sub Binder: Everything a sub needs to run my classroom for the day.

    Data Binder: Student test scores for the various tests that we use.

    Gradebook: Pages that I print from Word. I use it as a back up for my online grading. It's failed more than once, so I keep paper copies.

    Lesson Plans: It's for the curriculum map, the unit plans, and my daily notes that are just for me.

    Curriculum: Standards, program review documents, etc.

    Current Year Folder: Duty rosters, master schedule, calendar, meeting notes, locker numbers, master rosters, student usernames and passwords for various programs, 504 plans, IEP's.

    Unit Binders: one for each unit. Contains everything for that unit.
  8. iteachbx

    iteachbx Enthusiast

    Feb 27, 2011
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    I don't have a teacher binder, I have multiple binders with different things in them.

    I have a data binder- its like my grade book and also where I keep data from practice state tests.

    My conferencing binder has conferencing notes for all subjects.

    I have lesson plan binders by subject.

    I have a binder for everything relating to my students' IEPs

    I have another binder for anecdotes and parent contacts.

    NUMB3RSFAN Rookie

    Jun 12, 2008
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    I'm a binder addict so I have several binders:

    Teacher Binder - I have sections for a calendar, PLC notes, faculty meeting notes, district information, weekly lesson plans, class rosters & student data.

    I have separate binders for each of the sections I teach. Each one of them has tabs for a class overview and then each unit in the class.
  10. Teachling

    Teachling Groupie

    Mar 4, 2008
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    I keep one similiar to this but regarding PLC notes we're suppose to keep it in a separate binder that we're suppose to take with us when we have PLC meetings. 'suppose' :D
  11. Aussiegirl

    Aussiegirl Habitué

    Jun 25, 2007
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    We now keep a binder that basically contains summaries/evidence which is used for our evaluations. We set smart goals in the beginning of the year, they are approved, evaluated mid-year. This was the first year we did that, and those of us on full-review actually lucked out. Now we have to build a binder that will contain info covering 3 years and that compilation will be used for our review.

    I have numerous binders at home containing way too much paper - lesson plans from the Internet and other teachers along with my adaptations of those lesson plans, handouts, ideas, original lesson plans. I wanted to cull them this summer, but that didn't happen.
  12. chebrutta

    chebrutta Enthusiast

    Jan 23, 2008
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    Caesar, some of us use a binder instead of a traditional plan book. I use a binder because A) I've never found a plan book that would really work for a seven period schedule plus 150+ students and b) we have to have our lesson plans printed out, in our plan book, on the required format.

    Mine has:

    - Curriculum Map (district)
    - Scales
    - attendance
    - unit lesson plans
    - weekly lesson plans
    - attendance
    - class seating chart
    - computer lab seating chart
    - grade sheets
    - data sheets
    - ESE student checklist
    - parent contact log
    - deficiency log
    - comp time log

    I keep a separate binder for my subs and a separate binder for meeting handouts
  13. Em_Catz

    Em_Catz Devotee

    Oct 31, 2010
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    I have two binders.

    In the first, I put:

    - student emergency contact information

    - publicity release

    - copies of doctor's notes and anything relating to the child's health (ie: an allergy sheet)

    - anything about home/family life (sometimes we have parents with restraining orders against the other)

    Second binder is for DRA's.

    I use a plain, composition notebook to keep up with student behavior and parental contact

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