A program binder will guide your instruction and help you keep track of both academic and behavioral data. However, there is a lot that needs to go into one binder and the organization can be challenging. If you have a high-needs student, you cannot waste time trying to find the right page or clarify what you are working on. In those critical few seconds of searching through pages, your kid is gone. You need a system that is easy to use so you can keep up with your student! There are a few keys to creating this efficient and effective system!
1. Use tabs to organize the different sections.
2. Keep behavior data up front and easy to access. Include behavior definitions.
3. Keep IEP goal data together. Organize by type of data (fluency and discrete trial) or have a tab for each goal.
4. Put the program description/guide (how the adult runs the goal) in front of each data sheet.
5. Create a checklist to track how often each program/goal should be done with the student. This helps hold all adults accountable.
If you follow these steps, you will have a program binder that is easy to use. Remember my mantra – if it’s not easy – you won’t use it! When creating a data system like this – make ease of use your first priority!