Sunday, August 7, 2011

Organizational Teacher Binder

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Ladybug's Teacher Files and Kindergarten Works for sharing this amazing idea!!  I just saw this idea last night and decided it was the perfect solution for me.  I am so excited to put it to use this school year.  Be sure to check out their posts about an "all-in-one" teacher binder.

Here's how mine turned out....

This section was an after-thought.  It doesn't have a tab on it because it's in the front.  I will put our daily schedule, specials schedule, word list, and any other random important information.


 In this section I will put my lesson plans for the week (and probably 2 weeks in advance).  I'm anticipating this section filling up very quickly so I will likely transfer used lesson plans over to another binder for storage.  I will also put my literacy station and math tub planning sheets in this section so I know what I need to get ready for those stations.


I am very excited about this section.  Just yesterday I bought a planner for $10.  I was not happy about spending the money so I was very excited to find this idea on the blogs when I got home last night... I'll be returning that planner tomorrow!


I just copied the objectives from the state's website and made them pretty.  I'm thinking I'll also put our grade's curriculum map here.

I was originally planning on using a whole binder for my student data, but I love keeping it all together.  This is where I'll track reading levels and other assessment scores.



I've always had random notes in multiple notebooks.  I love that all of my notes will be in one place.  I like the idea of a half sheet for notes, but also made a full sheet just for those extra special meetings (I'm thinking of our back-to-school meeting).

Right now I have all of this in a 1 inch binder because that's what I had here at home.  I anticipate having to graduate into a bigger binder, but I'll cross that bridge when it comes.  Be sure to check out the Ladybug's Teacher Files and Kindergarten Works to see their binders!

UPDATE 6/1/12- I am not currently sharing these templates.  Please check out my TPT store to purchase your very own Teacher Keeper!  I've got 4 different themes and will be adding more in the next few weeks!
--Mrs. Pollard

68 comments:

  1. Your binder is awesome! I need to work on mine.

    Lorena

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  2. Would you consider sharing your files for this notebook or selling them on TpT? I start school this week and don't have time to make mine pretty like yours!

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  3. Wow! Yours is super cute, I love it! I was looking at their binders too and thinking that it sounded like a good idea, because the lesson planning book I wanted to buy today was $16.... yikes!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  4. I love your binder! How did you make your tabs? Just like ladybug teacher files did? I am doing a turquoise lime and pink theme- do you mind sharing your covers?
    Melissa
    Mfresh2@aol.com

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  5. I did a binder like this last year but I really love how you've created yours. I'd love to know what your daily lesson plan section looks like. I'm trying to find a great way to organize mine. :)

    Suzy

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  6. Suzy- This will be the first time I am using this binder so I'm sure I'll tweak it along the way. I really just plan on putting my daily lesson plans in that section along with my literacy and math station planning sheets. (The literacy one is from 'Made for 1st Grade' and the math one will be posted on my blog tonight.) If you want to give me your email address, I can send you a couple different lesson formats I'm thinking of using.

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  7. I am impressed with your binder--cover and all! How did you do the fun graphics on the cover? And I sure could use your lesson formats. Our district is changing drastically what is required in our plans!

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  8. Booky4First- The graphics on the front are just circles in Microsoft Word. I just changed the colors and did some with a zebra design. (To fill a shape with your own design, find an image from the internet and save it to your computer. Then, when choosing a fill choose "picture". Does that make sense?)

    Tales of a Teacherista

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  9. Mrs. Pollard--this is gorgeous!! Thanks for the shoutout, it was Leslie's idea to begin with. I am so excited about it! Yours looks so beautiful...I still need a cover for mine! :)
    Kristen

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  10. I love how cute it is inside! I really need to cutesy up the inside of mine. Your color choices and fonts are just darling.
    If you are a seamstress you can follow my tutorial and make yourself a fantastic zebra cover to turn your binder into a handy tote! It really makes your binder that much more useful.

    www.teachinginpink.wordpress.com

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  11. I LOVE YOUR BINDER!!!! Do you plan on putting templates up at all to download?? I also wanted to know what you made your monthly calendar on?!

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  12. Julianne, that sounds like a neat idea. I'm not too much of a seamstress though.

    Sara, send me your email adress.

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  13. Awesome job! I love the polka dots - super cute. Thanks for the shout out!
    -Leslie
    KindergartenWorks

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  14. My email address is ssanchezperojo@yahoo.com.
    I spent all of yesterday attempting to make a binder like yours!! :) Have to also figure out the tabs!

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  15. What is the font you used? Thanks.

    Miss J

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  16. LOVE the binder! Are you willing to share your monthly calendar template? please :)
    Thanks,
    Jaclyn
    jaxs_@hotmail.com

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  17. Can you send me this file? I would appreciate it VERY MUCH!! I love the binder!!!!
    Thanks,
    Ms. Skipper

    mcskippe@gmail.com

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  18. We are doing a wild about theme this year and this is too perfect for my teacher binder! Can you send me this file? or can I buy it somewhere? Thank you! :)
    cener@sbcglobal.net
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  19. Is there any way I can get this file? I would really appreciate it!
    Thanks,
    Shanna

    Harlinfamily@sbcglobal.net

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  20. I have an animal/jungle theme this year and absolutely love this binder. Can I buy this file? Thank you!
    lanai.robbins@gmail.com

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  21. You have such an adorable classroom! I teach high school career tech (interior design, graphic design, fashion merchandising, advertising), but I still came away today with lots of great organizational ideas! Thank you! :)

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  22. gorgeous!! i'm a 7th year teacher, thrilled to be changing from 5/6 to kindergarten this year. i'd also LOVE a copy of the binder files if you don't mind! my email is : LORENZJL@YAHOO.COM

    thank you for sharing your amazing creativity!! :)

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  23. LOVE this!!! Do you teach in NC? Our standards in NC are identical to these. :) I will graduate in May with my degree from Appalachian State and am looking for different ideas and projects for my future classroom. This is on my list!! :D

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  24. Yes, I teach in NC. Next year, my district will be making the switch over to Common Core Standards... this year we're doing PD on it.

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  25. I am learning about the Common Core as well and have a few PD's that I will be attending as well, they will be at the Math Conference in Greensboro in October. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas!! :D

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  26. I LOVE this binder! I have been searching for days for a calendar, etc... Would you mind sending me your templates for this binder as well? I would love it all :) Thanks! jessschultz1@gmail.com

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  27. I love this! Cute and organized, my two favorite things. If you wouldn't mind, I would love a copy of your templates for the section dividers and the tabs. My email is amy.ryan@alumni.unc.edu

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  28. So cute! I saw the link to this on pintrest (a new addiction!) I would love a copy of your templates if you're willing :) My email is champion.dana@gmail.com
    Thank you!

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  29. Your binder is awesome! Are you willing to share your templates, mainly the monthly calendar. I would really appreciate it. My email address is hproctor82@gmail.com. Thanks!

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  30. Is this file for sale/available somewhere?! It totally matches my classroom theme, and it looks so organized! Great work! Let me know if it's available for purchase. Thanks!

    Amanda (One Extra Degree) amanda.nickerson84@gmail.com

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  31. This is an awesome idea! I've been trying to do a lesson plan template for a long time. I hate writing in the same info EVERY time on the traditional planners! It's a waste of time. Would you mind sending me your template that I could type in? I'm not computer savvy enough to make one. LOL! I wouldn't mind paying you for it either. Thank you so much for the fabulous ideas!!

    sleagan@yahoo.com

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  32. I would love to have a copy of the templates you used in your binder. I am a Kindergarten teacher and love your blog!

    Email is julied80@att.net

    Thank you so much!

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  33. I would absolutely love any of these binder templates you have that you wouldn't mind sharing! Very inspiring!

    kquarant@ccs.k12.in.us

    -Katie Q.

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  34. Same here please!!!
    samerso1@yahoo.com

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  35. This is so cute! I would love the templates as well! kaseyelowe@gmail.com

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  36. So cute!! I love it! WOuld you please send me the file too? Thanks

    stacepowell@hotmail.com

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  37. so cute & useful! i would love copies of your templates as well, if you don't mind. Thanks!

    kierstenlovan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. I am Soooooooo addicted to zebra! Would LOVE to have a copy of these templates also if possible. So ADORABLE <3! Thanks so much!

    lori.wyatt@cmcss.net

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  39. Love this! If you are interested in sharing your templates, I'd love to see a copy! iamsarahelizabeth@yahoo.com Thanks!

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  40. I absolutely love your lesson planner binder! If you are willing to share your templates, I'd love to see a copy. My email address is samantha.gaarder@gmail.com Thank you!!!

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  41. Hello! Love your blog! I've been searching for a while now and this is by far the best i've come across. Thank you for posting! Would you be kind enough to send me the templates as well. Thank you!
    Email: beiba08@hotmail.com

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  43. My classroom is Jungle Themed, would you mind sending me the files of your binder? I'm a first-year teacher still trying to get the knack of it :)
    TLetta24@gmail.com
    Thanks! Love the blog!

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  45. I love love love your lesson plan book! Would you be willing to email the files you made for it? Thank you!

    Jesskritter@hotmail.com

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  46. I'd love to have a copy of your files if you wouldn't mind sharing! Thanks!

    swardwell27@yahoo.com

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  47. I love you binder and class! I would love a copy of your binder files. I am a first year teacher and could use the help. Thanks a bunch.

    bubbles14_40@hotmail.com

    Thanks!

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  48. Would love a copy of your template as well! I love this idea! wazzzzzup2000@yahoo.com

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  49. I found you on pinterest and love the site! I love this idea and was wondering if you could share your temples with me for this binder.
    Thank you
    Michele
    Michele.kylee@gmail.com

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  50. Hi, like every one else I love your binder would love it if you could share your templates.

    Lisa

    luvfaithfully@yahoo.com

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  51. I'm with everyone else! I found you on pinterest. I would love if you would share this file with me. :) lauraatew@gmail.com

    Thanks,
    Laura

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  52. I found this on pinterest. If you would email me the file, I would definitely appreciate it! Thank you! lindsayquerry@gmail.com

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  53. LOVE this idea! Can't believe I didn't think of this sooner!! I'm going to attempt to make something similar to fit my needs.. but I would LOVE to borrow your calendar template! Will you share? :-) sbrewer1185@gmail.com

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  54. Your binder is adorable and so much more fun than what could be found at any store. How did you create your calendar? I would love to make one myself and am a bit of a ninny with computers. Thanks!

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  55. Your organizational ideas are wonderful! Thanks for sharing. Would you be willing to share the binder file with me? kristi.rusten@gmail.com

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  56. I think I did it! I used ppt and while the set up took some time, it's going pretty well. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  57. LOVE this binder...is there any way to get a copy? Is it on TpT? Also...I want to see the papers in your Literacy Facelift...but when I click on it, it takes me to a silent e sheet...can you tell me what I'm doing wrong?
    Thanks!!

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  58. This binder is incredible! Is this available on TpT? Or would you be willing to share a copy of your calendar file with me? The calendar is simply gorgeous!
    caitiebeth24@yahoo.com

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  59. Hi! How did you do your monthly calendars? I have been trying so hard to recreate it and just cannot figure it out. Would you be able to e-mail me the template. This fall is my first year of teaching and it would be awesome to have! My e-mail is julia.emley@gmail.com

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  60. I too will be going into my first year of teaching. I know this is an old blog, but I would LOVE to have the covers & calendar template. My email is Ms.AllisonFree@gmail.com. Thank you!! This is such an awesome idea!

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  61. Wow awesome!They're beautiful. You do such a great job. I love your style. PSD to WordPress

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  62. Love your binder. I'll have to stop by your store since my classroom theme is zebra this year! :)

    -Courtney
    2ndgradesnapshots.blogspot.com

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  63. Absolutely love the binder!! It's super cute and right up my alley with the color schemes! Would you be willing to send me the format for your calendar template?

    Thank you kindly!
    Jyton

    Jytonhunter4@gmail.com

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  64. You have inspired me to change my notebook this year. Would you mind sending me the calendar document? I love yours and it seems hard to recreate. Thanks!

    bheadwms@gmail.com

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  65. Just realized you are selling the whole keeper on Tpt, sorry about asking for the calendar template.

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  66. I love the look of this binder! It is super cute! It sounds like you are a very organized teacher who knows what she is doing! I really like how you had a binder that was sectioned off. Important information being in the front containing your schedule, special schedules, and other important information in the front. This way you will have it at easy access and always know where you can find it, instead of searching for it for what could end up being hours. The lesson plans sections sounds like it would be also very well organized and scheduled. Knowing what you need to get ready and having it all in one spot will make it convenient. The monthly calendars would be handy to have so you could get a general layout of your year. You could plan units and themes and see when they will start and end. This will help you know what you are going to be planning. It is also nice that it is online! Having the standards at your fingertips is another must. This way you can make sure you are hitting all the benchmarks you are supposed to and keeping children on track with their learning. Adding student data to this could also be a good way to keep organized and papers all in one spot. I think this is a creative, fun, organized idea that I will keep in mind when I make it into the teaching field.

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