How do you organize YOUR teaching binder? Binder Organization: 101


I started making teaching binders in 2013, when I finally said that enough was enough, and that I wouldn't spend yet another year in disorganized chaos.  So, after some time (two years, as a matter of fact), I have created nine teaching binders, all with different themes to help not only myself...but teachers everywhere to be a little bit more organized.  I have to say...I kinda like 'em!  From the feedback that I've gotten from teachers such as yourself, I think you do (will) too!  

The one resounding question that I have been asked over the last two years is...


Although I have offered suggestions to many teachers on that particular question, today's the day that I SHOW you what I put where! :)  

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT....
It really is a personal decision.  I'm simply going to talk to you about where I place the content, and then make some suggestions, as well.

So, without further delay...let's break this down, shall we?!

From the computer, to my printer, to my lovely dining table...let me introduce my Navy Rainbow binder, as it sets the stage for Binder Organization: 101.

****BEFORE I BEGIN, I JUST WANT TO MAKE NOTE THAT WHEN I TOOK THESE, I HADN'T PRINTED OUT MY CALENDARS YET, SO THAT'S ON MY TO-DO LIST.  WHEN I DO, I WILL BE ADDING THEM, AS WELL.  I WILL, HOWEVER, TELL YOU EXACTLY WHERE I WILL BE PLACING THEM!****

Be
prepared
for
a
LOOOOOONG 
post.
{but with lots of pictures:)}

To begin, we're going to dig right in with my MEGA binder, which is
I'll begin with the pictures, and I'll end with the breakdown. Here comes my OCD... My pictures aren't as crisp and bright as I would have liked them to be, but that's because farmhouse chandeliers just don't do the trick in the photo shoot department.
{And, yes...that is a dog bowl and a Bath and Body Wallflower you see there...absolutely necessary




















**See my extras below.  I think that I am going to keep all of my parent communication forms in a binder on their own this year.

You could add your calendars to this binder, as well.  You could even print them, so that they are front and back and then get them bound into a yearly calendar planner.  

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Let's move on, shall we?  The good news is that the rest of my binders aren't quite as large.  I can't stress enough that you can manage your binders to your liking.  I am in no way saying that my way has to be YOUR way...do whatever works for you! 





**I ALSO HAVE A BINDER JUST FOR MY STATE STANDARDS.  THIS IS NOT PICTURED, BUT MY BINDERS COME WITH AN ENTIRE CHECKLIST OF K-5 CCSS.**

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Some of the forms I created for AR are meant for individual student tracking, so you can create AR folders for each of your students.  I also keep this information in a folder at my desk.



I think that I may keep all of my parent communication in a binder all on its own this year, simply because documentation and conference notes can build up throughout the year.  


I will talk to you about my assembly, but again, it's really up to you and what YOU prefer.  Some people really like to get their binders BOUND, while I prefer to use PAGE PROTECTORS, TABS, and a THREE-HOLE PUNCH.

What's the benefit of using page protectors and a binder, versus getting it bound?

I always encourage my buyers to get their binders printed through a professional printing company, such as Staples, Office Depot, Best Value Copy, or a local printer.  I do this, simply because the quality is unmatched, and the look of your binder will be at its ultimate potential.  This will cost you a little bit more in printing, so to make the most of your purchase, I always recommend putting your COVERS in page protectors, that way you can have the same pages for years to come!  You do NOT have to print the forms using those companies if you don't want to.  But the pages with a great deal of ink...yes...I would send those to the printers. Do you have to? Nope...not at all, but it is a lot nicer.

You can find page protectors pretty much anywhere...Wal Mart, Target, office supply stores..
Here's a link to one on Amazon.

The same goes for the tabs that I use to separate the section.  Here's a link to some that I really like!

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I would also like to note that I think it would be a really great idea to get some of the binder bound. I have never done it, but as I am writing this post, a few ideas come to mind, such as creating a grade book and lesson plan book.  I am trying to find a cost-effective way to make these available to buyers, as well.  I would love to create a hard good for my buyers.  Until then, this may be something that you want to consider doing with the pages that I provide.

Final thoughts:
Classroom organization is a very personal thing.  I am super happy with my binders and they have helped thousands of teachers world wide!


Here's what a couple fellow teachers are saying about them:

If you decide to purchase one of my binders and have any questions, feel free to email me at mjudovich@gmail.com!  I take great pride in my customer service, so please know that your happiness is my #1 priority!

Follow the links to the right to visit my TpT Shop, Facebook, and Pinterest pages!  I would love to have you along for my educational journey!

I'm wishing each of you a WONDERFUL school year and blissful organization!