Let me tell you how my morning goes most of the time. My before school time to get things ready is gone literally in the blink of an eye. I am still chugging my venti starbucks when kids start rolling. I am changing a behavior program. I am telling my aides about the change while simultaneously trying to implement it. My students want to tell me about their weekend. The speech therapist stops into confirm a meeting time. I race to the copier for a last minute photo copy of something I forgot about. And during this utter chaos my student shove important paperwork from their parents in my hands. I blink again and it’s lunch time. Now where is that paperwork… by the copier? In my teacher binder? On my desk? In the data sheets? At this point who knows. I have lost my fair share of parent forms and I have to tell you – it’s a little embarrassing to ask for a re-sign. So save yourself the headache and set up this little nifty system. Makes my morning a thousand times easier because all of those pesky forms now have a home – and even better – I can keep track easily of who has turned things in and who hasn’t.
Here is how I made it:
- Laminated the page after I typed in my students’ names. I included a free download for either a PDF (you can write in the names) or a powerpoint (if you are OCD like me and like everything typed – you can edit this by inserting a text box into each space).
- Then I cut it out and got a plain file folder:
- I taped it from the back onto the file folder (at the fold) and then cut it so it was even:
- Then I tape each side to wall slightly uneven so the file folder pocket is considerably open.
Ta-da (of course tape a dry erase marker under it!):
Here is a quick video tutorial:
Remember – stay organized now and prevent a desk mess takeover later!