Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Classroom Organization: Binders


I had someone e-mail me about my binders and ask how I had them organized.  Since the picture of my binders has been pinned thousands of times I figured others might want to know how I organize them.

Most of my binders are on this shelf:


I've started making common core binders (although Indiana has decided to put off full implementation....)


I made binders for each of the domains and inside there is a tab for each standard. I typed up the standard and printed it on a label to go on each divider.  I wanted a quick reminder of the standard at my finger tips. 


My 5th grade math binders are still grouped by Indiana standards. 

This is the inside of the graphing/data analysis binder. This is a binder I will probably keep intact and just change the cover.  Some topics just have too many resources to fit into the CC domain binder and they deserve a binder for themselves (fractions will also have a binder of its own).


My social studies binders all have the topics they cover on the cover page.  As I've gotten more materials, I've had to re-organize the binders and make new covers. In the long run it was worth it.


Inside there are tabs for each standard and then each of these standards are broken down into topics.  


I ended up putting all the historical time period things into binders that are in chronological order and all the other standards are in a binder by themselves.


 My science binders are a little different as we use FOSS Science kits.  I have things organized by standard and by FOSS activities.  Sometimes the kit does not cover a standard and the district has put together activities to do in addition to the kits.


After completing an activity in class, I like the students to read more about the topic so I have worksheets in my binders organized by topic.


 I hope that this helps you to get a little more organized for your next school year. 


27 comments:

  1. Holy Moly Batman! That is impressive!

    Elizabeth
    Hodges Herald

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  2. WOW!! You're ahead of the game with the standards already labeled in your binders!!

    Laurie
    First Grade Lyons' Den

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  3. I cannot get over how incredible this system is!!! What a smart, smart idea! Thank you so much for sharing and linking up :) :)

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    1. Thanks for offering the linky party!

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  4. Wow! You are so incredibly organized! I can't believe how thorough your system is. Thank you so much for linking up with us!

    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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  5. I have all my materials organized by subject into binders but I love how they are sorted by strand too. What a great idea!


    Krystyn
    Ms Richards's Musings

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  6. Will you come and do my classroom?. ;) Love it!!!

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    1. If you were local, I would come help!

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  7. I graduated last year, subbed this year, and am hoping to have a teaching job next year. Through all of that I've thought about which I want to use, binders or folders. Your binders are very impressive.

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    1. Let me know if I can be of any help to you as you start your teaching career!

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  8. I think I just drooled on myself when I saw your binders. How happy does it make you to see that everyday? Love it!

    Megan

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

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    1. The binders are not quite where I want them, but they are pretty close! Maybe for the start of the next school year!

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  9. Sweet! I knew that I had been stockpiling binders for a reason.

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  10. Wow!
    Now THAT I Love! WAHOO!
    I think you just inspired my classroom summer project! ROCK ON!
    -Mr. Hughes
    An Educator's Life

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    1. Let me know if I can do anything to help!

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  11. Wow- I am not well-organized, but this is impressive.

    Here's hoping Indiana gets its act together and figures out if we're going CC or not... it's frustrating to wonder if I should bother to reorganize things to match CC or not!

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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    1. Yes, it is very frustrating. They need to make a decision!

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  12. Are the pages inside in plastic sleeves or not...I keep debating this. Time consuming and $$ at first, hard to take in and out for photocopies, but will hold for the long haul. I have a similar system for my program and am revamping it now so wondering which you decided on.

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    1. Most of them do not have sleeves. Only my 3 foldable binders have sleeves in them because of the nature of what they hold.

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  13. I am known as the binder queen at my school, and I LOVE your common core binders. Thanks for sharing!!

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  14. This is such a great way to get organized! You make me want to run to Target to get a few more binders. ;) Thanks for sharing at the Learning 4 Keeps linky party! :)

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