I'll start with my math binders since I just finished those this week. My school district creates a 'scope and sequence' for us to follow. It tells us what standards to teach and when. Last year our math scope and sequence had 6 units, so I had 6 binders. It worked perfectly...that is until they changed the scope and sequence and now there are 18 units. There is no way that I can have 18 binders just for math and still have it be an effective system. So after many failed attempts I decided to create a binder for each group of standards. We use the Common Core standards so I have four binders, one for each standard. My binders are: operations and algebraic thinking, numbers and base ten operations, measurement and data, and geometry.
|The front of my four math binders.|
Within each binder I have every worksheet that goes within that standard set. For example, within the measurement and data binder there are worksheets for measurement, time and graphing.
Here is a closer look at the inside of the binders.
A) The first page of each binder is a page of the Common Core math standards (this is something that I just printed off of the Common Core website). This allows me to have quick access to the all of the standards.
B) I have tabs that divide the different standards. These are just Post-It tabs that I found at Wal-Mart.
I somehow found a way to print on them (that took a lot of trial and error).
In my measurement and data binder my tabs are:
|These tabs are from a different binder, but you can see what I am talking about.|
C) Finally, I went through all of my worksheets and put them under the corresponding tab. That way, when I have to teach a standard, all I need to do is flip to that tab and there are all of the worksheets!
If you look back at the tabs I just listed here are examples of what I have under each:
- Standards Tab - all I have under this tab are the list of all of the Common Core standards for math
- 1.MD.A.1 Tab - Under this tab are all of the worksheets for this standard (ordering three objects by length and comparing two objects indirectly by using a third object)
- 1.MD.A.2 Tab - Under this tab are all of the worksheets for this standard (measuring length using non-standard units)
- 1.MD.B.3 Tab - Under this tab are all of the worksheets for this standard (telling and writing time)
- 1.MD.C.4 Tab - Under this tab are all of the worksheets for this standard (graphing)
Now I have all of my worksheets together and organized and they are easy to find.
Organizational heaven if you ask me (:
I will post about my reading binders (which are a little more intensive) as soon as I finish them. Please let me know if you have any questions about these - or if you need me to clarify anything.
Do you have an organization system that works really well for you? I'd love to hear about it!