One of my favorite things I began this year were my OWL Binders. OWL stands for Organized While Learning. Thanks to Pinterest and other blogs, I got started at the beginning of the year and they have become an incredible STAPLE in my daily routine.
The kids are incredibly responsible with these and every single thing I need for parent communication is in one area. I will continue this throughout my teacher career (unless something better comes along), but in all four years of teaching, this is by far the best parent/teacher communication I have had.
Here are all my kids O.W.L. Binders together. The binder covers can be found here...
Start with 1 inch binders and divider tabs.
Front of binder. The kids loved having their own colored owls. The first day of school all they wanted to do was talk about their colored owl on their O.W.L. binders.
In the front of their binders, we put their homework planners in (which get signed every night).
First things first, we start with our table of contents.
I had to make sure I gave students and parents their responsibilities at the beginning of the year. They signed their "contracts", which students learned was their promise to check it every night and take care of it.
Here is the parent section.
In this section, I have my rules, procedures, class list, class schedule, etc.
I put a big envelope in the Parent Section to put checks, book orders, doctors notes, etc.
Section 2: OWL Report
Newsletter and other weekly notes
Part of my section 2.
Section 3: Homework
-Vocabulary Study Guides
-Any additional homework for the week
Spelling homework is always found here.
My weekly homework for the week...
Click the image for my Valentine's Comprehension Packet
Section 4- Behavior Section
This is in the behavior section, its our daily behavior recording sheet. This is found in my owl behavior chart pack on TPT. Click the image to check it out.
I highly suggest you try this out next year! I have found a great improvement in my responsibility with student material.