Using Student Binders in Your Classroom
I’ve long been a fan of the student binder over student folders and notebooks. Every year my students bring in a whole pile of supplies and I wonder how I can actually utilize them to help my students stay organized. Every year I wind up passing back dozens of unused folders and notebooks at the end of the year. I’d simply rather have everything in one place.
I thought it was time I shared my organizational system for student binders. First, you’ll need to buy or have your students bring 1-1.5” binders like these. You can even get binders like these at the dollar store, but be careful not to get something that will fall apart before the end of the year.
I love student binders because they can keep track of basically anything all in one place! Binders can include calendars, planner pages, to-do lists, attendance trackers, data tracking forms, reading logs, homework and behavior logs, spelling lists and assignments, password trackers, schedules, class expectations, centers accountability forms, morning work routines, reflections, journal and free write pages, portfolio pieces, as well as assignments and notes for all the subjects.
I’ve set up a new product on my Teachers Pay Teachers store that includes everything you need to get started with your own student binders for 3-6th grade classrooms. It includes three different designs for your binder cover, spine, and a divider pages. I would recommend printing these on colored or white cardstock for stability. If you print on white cardstock, your students can decorate them themselves.
Besides the cover design, this resource also includes multiple different designs for all types of classroom organization. There are calendars, planner pages, to-do lists, attendance trackers, data tracking forms, reading logs, homework and behavior logs, spelling lists and assignments, password trackers, schedules, class expectations, centers accountability forms, morning work routines, reflections, and journal and free write pages.
I wanted to give you all as many types of resources as possible!
Plus, if you set up a portfolio section in your binders at the start of the year and add to it periodically, when conferences come around the binder turns into a ready-made portfolio that students can share with their families!
I love using student binders. I love having everything in one place. I hope you’ll love it too!
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