One of the things I do every summer is tweak, edit, and modify resources for next year. I'm sure this is a universal teacher hobby over the summer. This past year I began using an all-in-one-place teacher notebook and I'm expanding it for next year. Here's your own personal tour :)
when you flip open the cover you are greeted with wonderful little tabs
custom made by yours truly.
these make my heart happy. :)
section one: Important Information.
This includes my contact, school map, master schedule, etc.
section two: Year at a Glance
this section includes monthly calendars with topics for each day.
I LOVE having my year completely planned out before the kiddos ever arrive.
Of course some tweaking will take place along the way, but this helps ensure that I will get to all the glorious info my students need to learn. It also makes weekly lesson planning much easier.
section three: Unit Outlines
this section includes general topics per 9-weeks...
(this page is nowhere near completed yet. it will be complete after my summer CCSS work)
...and the standards that are included in each section for quick reference.
section four: Lesson Plans
this section is currently empty since it's summer.
I'll do a post and show you my personal lesson planning template some other time.
section five: Cooperative Grouping
this is my go-to section for my Kagan grouping info.
This page is how I group students by level before I create cooperative teams. Their names and assessment scores go in the first two columns, I then decide which category they fall into for our current content (high, high medium, low medium, low).
This second page is how I keep track of my groupings throughout the year. Next to the #1-7 I write down the team names that my students come up with. This is an entire activity that helps promote unity, team pride, and interdependence within teams. I then list out which H, HM, LM, and L students are in each team.
I generally rotate groups every 6 weeks, or three times per semester. I use one page per class period per semester. It helps me make sure students are not in the exact same groupings. I also record notes about which students should or should not be grouped together in the future.
section six: PLC Notes
this is pretty self-explanatory
You probably noticed that I don't have a section for grades or parent contact, two very popular sections in most teacher binders. Since I teach at the secondary level, I have anywhere between 120-150 students each year. I also take a LOT of grades throughout the year to continually monitor learning and development. Therefore, my grades get their very own gradebook. Here is my cover for next year :)
This gradebook is often stuck inside my notebook and carried around that way, but I love having it separate.
My parent contacts also get their very own binder. Maybe I'll do a post about that some other time.
Do you have a teacher binder? What are you favorite parts?