Organization Within A Co-Taught Classroom
Organization and documentation seem to be my worst enemies. Finding the time to get it all together and not lose my mind is always a challenge. This time of year proves to be very exhausting with the amount of hours that go into starting the school year. I always forget how much time it takes to get all the "office work" organized. I have to admit I can be the worst about making sure everything has its place. I'm sure everyone else is perfectly organized right? Hmmmmmm.....
Have you ever cleaned up at the end of the year and found something stuffed inside the wrong folder or even in a teacher resource book and it had nothing to do with where it was "stuffed"? I'm the queen of saying, "Oh...that's where that went. Why in the world did I put it there?" So, I am trying my best this year to make sure every paper, every resource, and every piece of documentation has a home.
One way I am trying to work smarter and not harder is in the way I keep up with documentation for my students who have IEPs. I created a SILVER GLITTER binder with a plastic divider pocket for each of those students. I wanted the binder to be something that I couldn't lose...thus the silver glitter! Behind each child's tab I've placed a copy of their IEP and any and all of their beginning of the year assessments. I then took all of their IEP objectives and "shortened" them and printed multiple copies of them on small labels. I keep their objective labels in their pocket. When I see a piece of their work that meets one of their goals or objectives I will find that objective label and stick it on their paper and place in the pocket. I am hoping it will make it easier when it is report card time and also a bit easier for documenting their progress on their IEP which also goes home with the report card. So far so good. Although I am not the special education teacher, I want to be a part of the process.
My other students have the typical file folder that I keep assessments in.
How do you keep up with all of your "office work"?