So, my organization strategies are a little backwards, but they work for me. I have SO many different organizational bins and binders in my room, but I don't use them as often as I should. I only clear and organize paperwork once a quarter.
And TODAY was my paperwork day! It's almost the fourth quarter and this poor set of drawers couldn't take any more papers. It was time to organize.
And here is my CRAZY process.
First, throughout the quarter, I slowly acquire mass amounts of papers. I always keep one copy of everything I do and stick in in this organizer. I also keep my 5 page lesson plans, my newsletters (one English, one Spanish), assessments, etc. Basically, for 8 weeks, I am lazy and just shove all my papers into these beautiful drawers that I got two years ago.
Then its time to remove the unorganized papers and sort them into my binders.
Here is the pile I dealt with today. I had some December papers, all of January, all of February, and most of my March copies so far. This was going to be fun....
Once those are sorted into month, I start putting them into their monthly binders.
Each binder has 4 sections:
Here is March's binder.
Here are the four tabs inside my March binder. The top is my reading tab, with my St. Patrick's Day Reading Comprehension Activities.
Then, it is time to really organize!!
On my teacher shelf, I have a binder for every month that I teach. The binders need to be 3 inch binder spines because otherwise I simply cannot fit my stuff inside of them.
Now, this is only my FIRST year in 2nd grade and I've already filled each of these months way too full, so I imagine next year, I'll either do some weeding out or have one binder for math and one for ELA for each month.
These binder covers are found at my TPT store!