What is a "teacher binder"?

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  1. DrivingPigeon

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    I keep seeing "teacher binders" on Pinterest, TPT, etc. What exactly is a teacher binder? What exactly does in contain? Do any of you use one?

    It looks like they contain lesson plans, schedules, calendars, etc. I have electronic copies of most of these things, so I guess I don't see the point...?
     
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    If you don't keep print-outs of those, I can see their not being a point. I keep print-outs of all of those in my binder. I record my grades on their before entering them on-line. I do my lesson plans on paper, too. I like having everything in front of me and available to flip through--electronic doesn't work as well for me.
     
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    I have a "Student Information" binder, in which I keep copies of all important student paperwork (parent questionnaires & contact info, behavioral referrals, SBLC (sped process) paperwork, permission slips, etc.), organized by student number. I keep a small (1/2") binder in which I have final copies of each quarter's grades, and I keep a weekly copy of the current quarter's grades (our online grading system is still new, so we're all a little skittish). Finally, I have a binder for Benchmark Assessments (DIBELS and AIMSweb), in which I keep all benchmark and progress monitoring paperwork/results. The school issues a binder for printed copies of my lesson plans, but for personal use, I reference the one on my computer.
     
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    I have binders on all my units. This is new as I never did it in the past but started this past school year. Instead of keeping files for originals, I created binders. I even have two binders with originals for my math centers.
     
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    I do the same thing, pretty much. I use binders for everything! I just don't have a specific "teacher binder."
     
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    One benefit of having a "teacher binder" (i.e., one big binder that includes whatever information you deem important) is that you can grab it and take it with you in case of emergency. I keep such a binder near my desk and I take it with me whenever we have emergency drills or evacuations. For me, there is no need to keep things like copies of schedules or whatnot, but I do like to keep rosters, parent contact information, etc. I figure that if the school were on fire or something, I could use the information in my binder to account for all my students and get ahold of all their parents if I needed to.

    Incidentally, I do keep a "sub binder" with things like schedules, rosters, classroom rules, health alerts, etc. If I'm feeling iffy at the end of the day, I always leave it on my desk for a sub just in case.
     
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    I keep a teacher binder and an assessment binder. My teacher binder keeps everything that I would like to have handy at meetings and such. I keep all my current lessons plans in there (I like to have a print copy). I also keep a school calendar (nice to have access to in meetings and conferences), teacher's room numbers and extensions, a map of the school, student contact forms, notes from meetings, and anything else that we get print copies of that we need to keep for some time.
     
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    I have a binder for everything!

    But my teacher binder is really more of a plan book. I have sections for attendance, seating charts, final grade printouts, lesson plan printouts, standards, unit plans, data tracking, etc. I have a separate sub binder with relevant info plus emergency plans.
     
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    I use it for everything school-related. I like having it all in one location.
     
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    Mine has

    -student emergency forms
    -copy of daily schedule
    -yearly curriculum map
    -copies of class lists, etc.
    -a tab called "for next year" where I make notes of things to change or that I will need for next year
    -a set of emergency sub plans
    -faculty meeting notes
    -any paperwork that I need to keep handy
     

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