July 16, 2008
I find the best way to stay organized in the classroom is to use several 3-4 inch three-ring binders. I buy tab dividers and set up a notebook for each subject that I teach. Every chapter gets an indexed tab. I copy the table of contents for every subject and keep it in the front of the notebook as a reference for filing. At the end of each day I file any worksheets I find or receive in the correct section of the subject notebooks. These notebooks come in handy each year. I simply take them out, and I can pull worksheets to be copied as I begin each chapter.
I also set up a three-ring notebook with tabs that contain my lesson plans, grading info, student information, schedules and school calendars, etc. In my file cabinet, I use hanging folders that I label generally, such as 'Beginning of Year,' 'End of Year,' 'Student Files,' 'School Forms,' etc. Within each hanging folder I file manila folders that I label more specifically, such as 'Class List,' 'Attendance Sheets,' 'Lunch List,' 'First Week of School,' 'Last Week of School,' and set up one for each student. I write pin numbers on the tabs so I don't have to redo them each year. I memorize the pin numbers by the end of September. This works nicely because each general hanging folder has room for growth. I use the same system at home with my personal papers.