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The number one complaint all teachers have is “There just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done.” Time management is a struggle for everyone. While we cannot add more hours to our days, we can use some simple tips, tricks, and hacks to make the most of the time we have. Here are my TOP 10, tried-and-true, ways to be a more productive teacher.

Time Management Tip #1: Start and End with a Purpose

At the end of each day, I close my laptop and put one simple sticky note on my desk. On that sticky note, I write down the 3 things I will get done the next morning.  When I walk into my classroom the following day, I don’t waste any time trying to decide what to do first. I look at my sticky note and get those 3 things done.

Time Management Tip #2: Make a List

Making a list sounds so basic, but you’d be surprised how many teachers don’t use their to-do lists effectively. At the start of each week, grab your to-do list and jot down everything you need to get done before you leave on Friday. Your to-do list will act as your “master list” for the week. If something else comes up, add it to your list.

Click below to get a copy of my “My Busy Week” to-do list!

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Time Management Tip #3: Use a Planner

Using a planner saved me for years! I didn’t think I needed a planner, but once I had one, it saved my “teacher life”. My planner kept all of my important papers together, including my lesson plans. When I had to rush off to a meeting, I just grabbed my planner. When I was sick, no problem. My planner was there with everything the sub needed to survive the day.

Having a well-organized teacher planner saved me tons of time and kept me highly organized.

Time Management Tip #4: Keep it Closed

I LOVE chatting with my team, and I think it is great to build relationships with those that you work with day in and day out. However, you have to set boundaries if you want to use your time wisely. During your planning time, or any time you have in your classroom without your students, don’t hesitate to close your classroom door. This simple action can save you from being interrupted and allows you more time to check some items off of your list.

Time Management Tip #5: To Grade or Not to Grade

Not everything your students complete must be graded. Some assignments never need grading while others may require your full attention. Use my “Grading Matrix” to help you decide.

Time Management Tip #6: Theme Your Days

It’s a great idea to give each day a specific “theme”. For example, Mondays may be “lesson planning”, Tuesdays may be “gather materials”, Wednesdays may be “grading”, Thursdays may be “filing and organization”, and Fridays may be “catch up”. Theming is a great way to make sure you are staying focused on one task at a time and getting things done.

Time Management Tip #7 Eat Your Frog

If you’ve never heard the phrase “eat your frog” before, it just means to do the thing you don’t want to do, first. When you look at this photo, you are probably making a face of disgust. I bet when you think of your to-do list, there is a task that makes you make this same face. That’s your frog!

If there is a task you are avoiding, consciously or subconsciously, just do it. You’ll feel better, and you won’t waste time dancing around the fact that it must get done.

Time Management Tip #8: Use Your Students

As a 5th grade teacher, I loved using my students to help maintain the classroom. Students would update centers at the end of each day, collect and pass out essential papers, and even file papers into portfolios. The end of the school day, usually during dismissal time, is the perfect time to assign some tasks and allow your students to help you.

Time Management Tip #9: Don’t Touch it Twice

Not touching things twice is something I learned a long time ago. When you pick something up, put it where it goes. If you find yourself continuously moving the same papers around your desk or the same materials around your classroom, stop. Keep in mind the rule “don’t touch it twice” and take the few extra seconds to put the item where it belongs. This tip will keep you well organized and save you time.

Time Management Tip #10: Keep your Personal Life in Check, too!

Yes, your personal life and teacher life are directly related. If your home life is running smoothly, you can focus on your teacher life while at school, without distractions. One way I keep my personal life organized is with my Life Planner.

Most planners don’t fit my life, so I created a fully-customizable life planner that will fit even the pickiest of planners’ needs.  If you are looking for a customizable Life Planner, you can learn more over at OneStopPlannerShop.com

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The use of Google Forms in the classroom is growing every day. Teachers are using this simple tool to engage students, assess their progress, evaluate their growth, collect data, and SO much more. Here are a few of my favorite hidden secrets, tips, tricks, ideas, and hacks for using Google Forms with your students.

I’m going to start with some more basic tips and move to more “advanced” tips towards the end. Feel free to scroll through and read what looks most interesting to you.

Also, if you would like some classroom resources that are already set up in Google Forms, check out these FREE Digital Math Spiral Reviews. 

Playing with the Settings

Don’t let the word “settings” intimidate you.  While there are lots of choices in the settings area of Google Forms, they are simple to work with.  You can choose to allow students to see their results right away or you can leave them special feedback depending on their answer. This is also where you can turn on that AMAZING self-grading option!  This video goes through some of my favorite settings.

Changing Up Question Types

One of my favorite things about creating resources with Google Forms is the wide variety of question types you can use. Of course, I love a good multiple-choice or short answer question like every other teacher, but there is so much more! This video will show you how to use each question type currently offered.

Adding Images and Videos

While adding images and videos isn’t necessary for all activities, a good visual may be just what you need.  Watch this video to see how I add in images, link to YouTube videos, and even include full passages with my Google Form activity.

Sharing a Google Form with Students

Once you’re done setting up your Google Form, you’ll need to share it with your students. Here are a few tips for sharing with your students.

How to Collect Data

This is my fav! Google Forms make it so easy to collect data on students. You can then use that data to help determine which students need reteaching or how to group students for future instruction.  Let me show you what I mean…

Google Forms Resources

I am currently on a massive quest to convert SO many amazing resources over to Google Forms because I truly believe in the benefit of this tool. If you would like to check out some that I’ve already created, feel free to click the images below. MORE resources (grade levels and subjects) are coming soon!

CLICK each image to view the resource!

      

Check out this blog post to learn more about my MATH Digital Spiral Review resource!

If you are using Google Forms in the classroom, I hope these tips will help you make the most of this amazing tool!

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I LOVE using spiral math review with my students to help them practice and retain what I’ve taught them! I like to think of my daily spiral reviews as my secret ingredient for why my students perform so well year after year. However, I recently discovered a way to make this “Must Have” resource even better…if you can believe it.  This Daily Math Spiral Review resource has gone DIGITAL with Google Forms!

Now available in Google Forms, these daily math spirals are Self-Grading and Automatically Collect Data!

Click your grade level below to get an entire year’s worth of spiral reviews, 100% DIGITAL, fully editable, and ready to go.  OR, you can continue scrolling to learn more about my favorite classroom resource.

Click your grade level to take a closer look!

(more grade levels coming soon)

The Benefits of Daily Spiral Review
  1. Students master and retain grade-level standards in less than 10-15 minutes per day.
  2. Student confidence in math increases.
  3. Students don’t forget what they’ve learned.
  4. Teachers can quickly identify and target students who need reteaching on a day to day basis.
Why you’ll LOVE these DIGITAL Math Spiral Reviews & Quizzes!
  • You get a full year of daily spiral reviews and weekly quizzes!
  • NO Grading! Google Forms grade themselves. This is a HUGE time saver!
  • You can rest assured your students will get a quality spiral review every day!
  • Weekly quizzes make it easy to collect data and grades.
  • The daily assignments are meaningful and NOT overwhelming.
  • You can easily see where students are still struggling on a regular basis.
  • Every Google Form will provide you with TONS of class and individual data, automatically!
  • It’s Editable – change questions or wording to differentiate and fit your students’ needs.
  • When using spiral review, teachers find students need almost NO test-prep before standardized testing.
  • Homework completion rates increase! (if using as homework)
  • It gets results! Teachers spend less time reteaching standards and preparing for standardized tests.

Click your grade level to get them now!

(more grade levels coming soon)

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Reading comprehension is a phrase you think about daily in the classroom. It may seem like you are stuck doing the same thing repeatedly. Your students read a text and answer questions to check their understanding. Sound familiar? While this strategy is a great way to see how students are doing with their comprehension, there many other strategies that can be used to get students to where they need to be.

Below are five simple ways to increase reading comprehension with your students. Share these strategies with your students so they can start using them daily with their reading!

Previewing the Text

When given a text, it is essential for students to take a quick look at the passage before diving deeper.  I like to give my students a graphic organizer that helps them know what to look for.  I always suggest students notice the headings, subheadings, bold words, charts, photos, etc.

Previewing the text will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of what they are about to read.

Repeated Reading

Repeated reading is another way for students to increase their reading comprehension and build fluency. When students are given the same text to read over several days, it is fascinating to see the new information they will pull out, the unique questions they will come up with, the new connections they will make, etc.  This is especially helpful with struggling readers.

My Spiral Reading Homework is perfect for this reason because students are asked to reread the same passage each night and answer questions for that day. When students spend more time with the same passage, they are able to gain a deeper understanding of the text as a whole.

Summary Sentences

Summary sentences are sentences used to summarize different sections, or parts, of a passage. These sentences are a great way for students to gain an understanding of the different parts of a text, which will lead to an increase in their comprehension of the text as a whole. Students go through each section of the text and write a sentence to summarize that section.

Check out my blog post “How to Use Summary Sentences to Increase Reading Comprehension” to learn more about Summary Sentences:

Vocabulary Review

Taking note of new vocabulary words that students come across in a text is crucial when it comes to their comprehension. It is essential for students to be able to identify the words that are new to them and work through different strategies to help them better understand those words. Students need to realize that each vocabulary word has an important meaning to the text.

To identify these vocabulary words, students can merely underline or highlight the word.  I also like to use one of my Reading Comprehension Graphic Organizers to aid students in reviewing new vocabulary.

Get this Graphic Organizer FREE! Just click below.

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Talk it Out

Give students the opportunity to talk about a passage with their peers.  Students can discuss questions they have about the text, the connections they made, the things they noticed, and so much more.  Each student will naturally take away something a little different from the text. This strategy lets them share that with their peers. As a result, students gain a deeper understanding of the passage and think about things they may not have thought of without the input of their peers.

Want more tips for teaching reading? Check out my post on “How to Make Guided Reading Stress-Free”. 

There are LOTS of reading comprehension strategies that will help students grow as readers. If you are looking for some great resources to help reinforce reading skills, check out my Fiction and Nonfiction Graphic Organizers. 

You may also like my Daily Reading Review resources!

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Math games should be meaningful and fun, all at the same time. You should feel confident that the math games you choose to use are rigorous enough to challenge your students, while also providing enough exposure to appropriate grade-level content.  I CAN Math Games offer all of this, and more, making them the perfect math games for any math classroom.

I am excited to be able to offer these quality games for grades Kindergarten, all the way up through High School.  Join the thousands of teachers that are already using this resource! Click your grade below to get an entire set of games for your grade level.  You can also continue scrolling to learn more about these math games!

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What is an I CAN Math Game?

It is literally a “Can” that contains a wide variety of questions based on a specific standard.  Each question comes in 2 formats: multiple-choice and short answer.  Both formats also come with and without QR codes so that students can receive immediate feedback.

These games are different from most math games because the questions are rigorous and expose students to each standard in various ways.  Students are not seeing the same exact problem with different numbers over and over again.  Questions include models, problem-solving, computation, multi-step processes, etc.

Each Game Comes with…
  • 40 Question Cards (2 formats available; multiple-choice & short answer)
  • Answer Keys
  • QR codes for a self-checking game
  • Student Answer Recording Sheets
  • Progress Monitoring Checklist
  • Directions Page
  • Game Covers
These Math Games can be used for…
  • Math Centers
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Whole Group Review
  • Independent Practice
  • Test-Prep
  • Progress Monitoring
  • Any type of Math Review purpose

Why Teachers Love These Games!
  • There is a wide variety of question types for each standard.
  • ALL grade level standards are covered!
  • It is easy to differentiate when EVERY question comes in multiple-choice format AND short-answer format.
  • Students are engaged in the game and enjoy playing.
  • They are simple to assemble.
  • It’s easy to incorporate technology with the QR codes.
  • Progress Monitoring is made simple with the included “progress monitoring checklist” in each game.
  • They are such a versatile tool and can be used in so many different ways!

        

See What Teachers Are Saying…

“Wow! There are simply no words to express how thankful I am for this product. It provides so many options and possibilities in my classroom. They are thorough, accurate, and complete. It gives students continual practice in all fifth grade standards.”

~ The Primary Gal

This game is exactly what I needed to complete my Math Workshop time! My students are obsessed with QR codes, and I love that they receive immediate feedback on how they are doing. Thank you for this amazing resource!

~ Ally Payne

I love these! My children are learning and reviewing all the time. The I Can games are their favorite station. I also like to show cards on the projector at the end of the day and figure out the answers as a class.

~ Erin S.

Wow! What a fantastic resource! I love the different options that I can choose from for my students. The QR Codes are great, and the quality is fantastic! I am so excited to use this in my math class this year. Thank you so much!

~ Brittany C.

This is such an awesome resource. Students have fun with the QR codes and are studying in the meanwhile. It was great for me being a special education teacher to differentiate by being able to print both short answer and multiple choice cards!

~ Jess S.

Love this! My favorite purchase! The student progress monitoring page is a great way for students to see what areas they are still struggling with and they make it easy for me then to make reteaching groups.

~ Unknown

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One of the most effective ways to improve reading comprehension for all students is to include a quality daily reading review system into your routine.  When you expose students to quality reading passages, accompanied by well-written text-dependent questions, magical things can happen.  This is why I have spent the last few years working with a writer to develop a daily spiral review reading program.

This Reading Spiral Review resource…
  • Focuses on one passage per week. This gives students the opportunity to read and reread the passage multiple times, increasing fluency and comprehension.
  • Has one main focus skill per week while still reviewing other critical reading comprehension standards. Teachers can consistently see where students are still struggling.
  • Includes a handful of text-dependent questions per day, improving students’ ability to respond to questions and cite evidence from a text, without becoming overwhelming.
  • Can easily be used as daily reading homework, daily morning work, or an in-class daily reading review activity.

I am excited to now offer this daily reading system for grades 2-6, and I am currently working on expanding this resource to more grade levels.  Join the thousands of teachers that are already using this resource! Click your grade level below to get an entire year’s worth of spiral reviews, ready to go.  You can also continue scrolling to learn more about my favorite classroom resource.

CLICK your grade level to take a closer look!

       

The Benefits of Daily Spiral Review
  1. Students master and retain grade-level standards in less than 10-15 minutes per day.
  2. Student confidence in reading increases.
  3. Students don’t forget what they’ve learned.
  4. Teachers can quickly identify and target students who need reteaching on a day to day basis.

Why Teacher Love this Daily Reading Review System…
  • A dose of daily review helps build, strengthen, and review reading comprehension skills all year.
  • Students focus on one passage per week, digging deeper each day! Ideal for Close Reading.
  • All passages are on grade level.
  • Questions are text-dependent and slowly increase in rigor as the week progresses.
  • The daily assignments are meaningful and NOT overwhelming.
  • The progress monitoring section holds students accountable for their own learning.
  • Parents appreciate the consistency of the homework (if using as homework).
  • Teachers can easily see where students are still struggling on a regular basis
  • It’s Editable – change questions or wording to differentiate and fit your students’ needs.
  • Teachers find students need almost NO test-prep before standardized testing when using this resource all year.
  • Homework completion rates increase! (if using as homework)
  • It gets results! Teachers spend less time reteaching standards and preparing for standardized tests.
What Teachers Are Saying…

CLICK your grade level to get them now!

       

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Math Spiral Review has proven to be the most effective resource in helping students practice and retain math standards all year long.  Throughout my teaching career, I have dedicated hundreds of hours to creating the most effective math spiral review resources for the classroom.

I am excited to be able to offer Math Spiral Reviews for grades Kindergarten, all the way up through High School.  Join the thousands of teachers that are already using this resource! Click your grade level below to get an entire year’s worth of spiral reviews, 100% editable, with answer keys, ready to go.  You can also continue scrolling to learn more about my favorite classroom resource.

Click your grade level to take a closer look!

Math Spiral Review - Homework, Morning Work, Daily Math Review - YouTube

The Benefits of Daily Spiral Review
  1. Students master and retain grade-level standards in less than 10-15 minutes per day.
  2. Student confidence in math increases.
  3. Students don’t forget what they’ve learned.
  4. Teachers can quickly identify and target students who need reteaching on a day to day basis.
What Makes this Math Spiral Review Resource Special?
  • This spiral review was strategically designed so that students DO NOT see problems they HAVE NOT been exposed to. (expecting students to complete work they have never been taught is not effective and can increase frustration)
  • Problems become more rigorous over time.
  • The clean layout provides consistency.  Students learn the routine and know exactly what is expected each day.
  • The entire week fits on just one page. This helps schools and teachers save on copies while still providing meaningful review. Students can use the “Show Your Work Page” or a simple notebook for extra space.
  • This entire resource is 100% EDITABLE (Microsoft Word). You can easily edit, copy, paste, or delete anything and everything. Use these sheets to customize the perfect daily review system for your classroom!
  • It’s also NO-Prep! If you aren’t looking to edit the sheets, you can use the “easy print” option in the file to just print and go.
  • I am ALWAYS updating this resource to make it even more effective. If you decide to purchase this resource, you will receive ALL future updates for FREE! Education is always changing and so is this resource!
Why Teachers Love It!
  • Makes homework or morning work more predictable and easy to complete.
  • Students are exposed to multiple standards every day, keeping their skills sharp.
  • The daily assignments are meaningful and NOT overwhelming.
  • Each week focuses on a particular skill while still reviewing skills you’ve already taught.
  • The progress monitoring section holds students accountable for their own learning.
  • Parents appreciate the consistency of the homework (if using as homework).
  • Teachers can easily see where students are still struggling on a regular basis
  • It’s Editable – change questions or wording to differentiate and fit your students’ needs.
  • Teachers find students need almost NO test-prep before standardized testing when using this resource all year.
  • Homework completion rates increase! (if using as homework)
  • It gets results! Teachers spend less time reteaching standards and preparing for standardized tests.
What teachers are saying…

Click your grade level to get them now!

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The importance of quality morning work is often overlooked in the elementary classroom. Your morning routine is the perfect time to set the stage for the day and sneak in some valuable learning time.  If done right, your morning routine can be one of the most significant parts of your instructional day.  Morning work should be manageable, relevant, and a useful teaching tool.  After years of teaching and trying out many different resources, I’m here to help you get the most of out your morning work!

Why use Morning Work in your Classroom?

Why should I have morning work?  – THIS is the question I get asked often.  The answer is more straightforward than you think.

  • Morning work acts as a transition for students.  It takes them from what could be a chaotic morning and gets them ready to learn.
  • Time is valuable. Having morning work that is effective can turn twenty random minutes in your day into quality learning time.
  • Sets the tone for the day – Again, this is about getting students ready to learn.
  • Reduces behavior issues – Instead of trying “calm” students when you are ready to teach, students are ready for learning
Characteristics of Quality Morning Work

There is “good” morning work, and there is “bad” morning work.  If you are giving your students something to do just to keep them busy, that is not quality morning work.  Don’t beat yourself up over it because we have all been there. However, when you do find the right resource, magical things can happen.  Here is what I ask myself when looking for a quality moring work program.

  1. Is it Manageable? – To be effective, morning work should be doable. Students should be able to complete it in the allotted amount of time.  Think of it like “Goldie Locks and the Three Bears.”  You want your morning work to be “just right.”   If my focus is math, I like to give about 6-8 problems (depending on the concepts).  For reading, a passage with just a few questions is ideal.
  2. Is it Relevant? – Any work that is given should be relevant to what your students have learned or the skills you would like them to master.  I always make sure my morning work is directly aligned with my grade level standards and reviews the skills I know my students are required to learn.
  3. Is it Useful? – When I say “useful” I mean, is the work providing you with insights into your students’ progress?  As a teacher, are you able to use the work assigned to see where your students are and where they still need help?  For me, this is the most critical criteria for quality morning work.  This is one of the main reasons I use a spiral review system in my classroom.
Spiral Review as Morning Work

After years of trying out new strategies for my morning routine, I finally tried a spiral review system. To put it simply, spiral review is when you consistently review concepts with students. What goes around comes around.  You can read more about “Spiraling in the Classroom” in another post.  Here is why it works so beautifully.

  • Spiral reviews are short and manageable.
  • The repetitive format increases independence, which is precisely what you need this time of day.
  • Students get time to practice skills they have learned, on a daily basis.
  • Teachers can collect data and see where students still need help. (progress monitoring)
  • The data can be used to drive future instruction.

Here is a photo of what my spiral review morning work looks like for math, reading, and grammar.

My Weekly Morning Routine

At this point, I’m sure you understand why a spiral review is a great tool in the morning. However, you may be wondering what this looks like in the classroom.

  1. On Monday, I start by placing a new spiral review sheet on each students’ desk. Sometimes I focus on math, while other times I focus on reading and grammar. That depends on your students’ needs.
  2. Each morning, students complete one column.
  3. Before the day begins, I take about 5-8 minutes to review the answers.  I often project the answer key on the board, and we discuss.
  4. On Friday, instead of their typical spiral review sheet, my students get a mini-quiz that explicitly targets the skills they have been reviewing all week.
  5. This assessment is what I use to collect data on where my students are currently performing and where they still need help.


Grab My Morning Routine Checklist

If you would like to give my spiral reviews a try, you can download a FREE sample of my math spiral reviews, reading spiral reviews, and language spiral reviews in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. 

If you interested in downloading an entire year of spiral reviews for your grade level, find the link below to get started. You will also want to check out my perfectly aligned spiral assessments.

Math Spiral Review  Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, Sixth Grade, Seventh Grade, Eighth Grade

Reading Spiral Review  Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade

Language (Grammar) Spiral Review  Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, Sixth Grade, Seventh Grade, Eighth Grade

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Spiral review is not one of those educational trends that inevitably comes storming through our classroom, just to disappear and be replaced by something new.  Whether you are using it for math, reading, or grammar, spiral review is a tried and true method for aiding students in mastering and retaining what they’ve learned.  It may seem like magic, but it isn’t.  Spiral review is simply a way of “spiraling” (rotating) through standards so that students are consistently practicing the concepts they need to know. That’s it.

If you’ve read my blog post “Spiral Math Homework to Reinforce the Standards“, you know I am a HUGE believer in spiral review in math!  However, if this method works so well for math, why not grammar?  Well, I took some time, tested a few ideas, and came up with a low-stress way of spiraling grammar standards. (check out the end of this post to see how I applied this to reading as well)

How Does it Work?
  • Students get a one-page spiral review sheet each week.
  • They focus on one column of questions each day (only 5-8 questions per day).
  • Questions review all grammar and word study standards students have previously learned.
  • The bottom row focuses on the most recently taught skill.
  • As the year progresses, new standards are added at the bottom and concepts move up.
  • Each day, we quickly check the questions from the day (or the day before if using as homework).
  • On Friday, I give a mini spiral assessment that assesses the standards reviewed that week.
What are the Benefits?
  • I am guaranteed to get in grammar review every single day (we all know grammar can get pushed back in a busy schedule)
  • Lots of quality practice with various standards every day.
  • Students don’t forget what they’ve learned because they are always practicing.
  • Struggling students get more opportunities to master the skills.
What’s so Great About THIS Spiral Review System?

Obviously, I’m biased. I created this system to work for my students and my needs as a teacher, but I truly believe it is the best spiral review system out there.  Here’s why…

  • The simple format makes it easy for students to follow and focus on the content.
  • It sticks to the standards and doesn’t cover content students don’t know.
  • The content is designed to become more rigorous as the year progresses.
  • This system provides consistency from week to week.  Students always know what to expect.
  • This spiral review system is 100% EDITABLE so that any teacher using it can adjust it to fit THEIR classroom.
  • One page per week is all you need. (save on copies)
  • Answer Keys are always included, as well as a “My Work” space and a “My Progress” section.

If you are looking for a spiral review system for your classroom and are thinking of giving this system a try, grab some FREE pages to try out in your classroom {CLICK HERE}.  You can also grab some free spiral review sheets for MATH and READING.

Check out my ENTIRE YEAR Grammar Spiral Review Bundles for grades K-8, RIGHT HERE.  And, you can find my perfectly aligned assessment bundles right HERE.

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Classroom organization is a key component to any successful classroom.  As teachers, we want to make sure our students have a place for their homework, classwork, supplies, textbooks, notebooks, and anything else they will use in our classroom. Student Binders are the perfect way to set up students for a successful school year and teach them the organizational skills they will need for life.  In this article, I’ll show you how I set up student binders and what I include in them to keep students organized all year!

It’s all about the Binder!

To begin with, be sure to add a binder to your student supply lists.  Make sure you add a special note for students to supply a “Heavy-Duty” binder that is at least 1.5 inches wide.  Obviously, any binder can work, but I have found that this type of binder is the most durable binder for students.   If getting a binder from each student just isn’t an option, you could use 3-prong folders and use one for each section.  This isn’t as ideal as a binder (keeping everything all in one place) but can do the job if necessary.

Make Student Binders Special!

My favorite part about using student binders is being able to create a fun cover for my students.  If you like to have themes in your class each year, you could create a special theme cover.  Not using a theme?  You may want to use your school colors or something your students are into. Here are a few fun covers for some inspiration.

Think Dividers

Consider using dividers if you are looking to get the most out of your student binders.  I prefer to have a few key sections in my student binders. 1. Weekly Agenda & Calendars 2. Homework 3. Student Data & Progress Reports 4. Class Information

You can have any sections you choose, but these have worked best for me.  Continue reading for more explanation about each section.

A Daily Student Agenda

A Daily Student Agenda is KEY to keeping students organized, teaching life skills, and communicating with parents.  At the end of each day, students write down important notes for the day and homework they are expected to complete that night.  If I need to write a note home to a parent, this is where is goes.  In addition, parents enjoy having a consistent place to reference for notes and things that need to be completed.

This agenda section is also a great way to keep a record of student progress, behavior concerns, and homework completion.  All notes are in one place if ever needed for data collecting.

Lots of Calendars

As adults, we use calendars all the time to keep track of our schedule.  Using calendars in your student binders will teach students this life skill and the importance of looking/planning ahead.   Also, I love adding important school dates and events to this calendar at the beginning of the school year.

A Place for Homework

It is ideal to keep homework all in one place.  Homework is more likely to be completed and less likely to go missing.  Having a homework section in your student binders gives students a simple way to keep all of their nightly homework together.

Progress Reports

I regularly send home student progress reports in order to keep parents informed throughout the school year.  These reports update parents on recent grades, progress, and any behavior concerns I may have at the time.  A copy of the progress reports is kept in each student binder for parents to reference as the quarter/semester progresses.  At the end of each quarter, I remove the progress reports and file them in my student portfolios.

Data Tracking

Requiring students to keep track of their own progress can have many positive effects in your classroom.  By having students graph and/or record their grades, they are gaining a better understanding of how they are actually doing in school.  Students should not be surprised if their grade is low and are more likely to take ownership and work to improve their grades when they see them in a concrete format.

Other Important Papers

It is important to have a section that contains anything and everything you would like your students to keep in their student binder. Some of these papers may be to help the student organize themselves and some might contain important class policies or procedures.  Some of the information I like to include is a class schedule, contact information form, homework expectations, school policies, etc.

Let Them Personalize it!

Students love to make things their own! Your student binders should be no exception.  Give them the opportunity to draw pictures or color on their agenda pages, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the actual agenda.   I love to use a “doodle” style agenda and let students color in the pictures each week as a fun activity.  This is a great way to get students excited about their binders and they are more likely to take care of them throughout the school year.

If you are searching for the perfect student binder, check out my One Stop Student Binder! It has everything I mentioned above and MORE. The best part, I offer FREE updates for life! Yep, you get to return every single year and download the binder again for free.

Be sure to check out my other blog post about my One Stop Teacher Binder!

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