I think it is important to have a great teacher binder. It should be well organized, contain everything you need, and look nice enough to make you happy (yes, my Teacher Binder makes me happy!). After all, this is the resource that can make or break any teacher. It is the thing we all use daily to guide our instruction and plan for future instruction (and if it isn’t….it should be!)
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When putting together your teacher planner, you have to consider what your personal needs are. For most of us, a multi-subject weekly planning sheet is absolutely necessary.
Here are some other “Teacher Planner Sections” you are more than likely going to want to include.
1.Teacher Planner: Class Information Section
This section will consist of many different classroom forms. Here are some of my MUST-Haves!
- Class List
- Daily Schedule
- Parent Contact Information
- Communication Log
- Student Transportation
- Class Birthdays
- Individual Student Schedules
- Student and Teacher Passwords
- Medical Information
- Seating Chart
2. Small-Group Lesson Plans
This is where you will write what you intend to teach in your small groups (Reading and Math).
3. Grading Sheets
If you don’t do this electronically, or just like to have a hard copy, this is a great form to add to your teacher planner!
4. Meeting Notes
All the notes you take during meetings and staff development sessions in one nice location…in your Plan Book!
5. Month at a Glance
Monthly calendars are critical! You can view and note important events in each month.
6. Common Core/State/County Standards
When planning, you will more than likely refer to your standards often. Having them handy in your Teacher Planner can help save a lot of time!
7. Curriculum Calendars and Pacing Guides
If your county or school provides you with these, you are going to want them close by! They can be a lifesaver when planning.
8. Student Data Section
Everyone knows that you can’t plan without knowing where your students are academically. Having your student data in your Teacher Planner will make it easier to refer to when necessary!
9. Individualized Education Program (IEP’s)
If you have students with IEP’s (and you probably do) it is important to have these documents in your planner. These documents can contain important information about how to provide instruction for a student.
10. Sections For Each Subject you Teach
I am always collecting resources from colleagues, during staff development, and anywhere else I can find them. These sections give me a place to keep these resources organized.
11. Digital Planning Option
As time has gone on, I now value digital planning. This means that my teacher planner has the option to be typed right in and I don’t have to print anything. I love using GOOGLE Drive for this so that I can access my plans from anywhere and edit on the go!
With all of these ideas in mind, I decided to create a completely editable teacher planner that met all of the above needs, and then some! You can access my entire teacher planner and our exclusive planner community through my NEW One StopTeacher Planner CLUB!
There are 80+ cover designs to choose from and you will also get INCLUDED updates EVERY SINGLE YEAR! I am always thinking up new and fun ways to make my teacher binder even better. 🙂