When we think about back to school, we tend to focus on the big ticket items – the physical structure and schedules. But I encourage you to add one more super important component to this must-do list: organization. You have got to set up a system for all the paperwork. Because, let’s be honest if you don’t do it now – you won’t do it ever. Because what starts as a seemingly innocent stack of papers quickly turns into a massive mountain that you are embarrassingly shoving into drawers and closets.
The start of the school year is paperwork city! You are probably concerned that you may lose track of something important in the chaos of the first few days. And if you don’t have a system in place – you probably will. My saving grace in the start of the year is my mammoth pack containing over 50 forms, templates, and sample letters. It’s called Must-Have Forms and Templates. It’s editable so you can customize it completely for your classroom.
How I Use This Resource:
The IEP form section helps me get setup for my caseload of IEPs. I print the whole section and put it into my main teacher binder. Once IEPs get schedule throughout the year, I reference this section for my IEP alert form or five and five form to send to parents right before the meeting. This is much easier than scrambling around for these papers throughout the year.
The field trip and special event section goes straight into my teacher binder as well. Again this minimizes my scrambling time later in the year when these events pop up!
My academic forms and lesson plan templates go right into my data binder. This binder has my language arts and math instruction forms and information.
Parent communication section goes right into my teacher binder as well. The monthly newsletters are great to keep parents updated on student progress!
The Start of the Year Forms you will need right away. I send home a big ole’ packet of info on day one. I include an intro letter, supply list, parent volunteer form, hygiene permission slips, questionnaire, and life skills rating scale. This helps give me so much great information about my students!
This section you will need right away as well. These are the Post in Your Room Forms. Make sure birthdays, bus routes, emergency procedures, reinforcers list, and allergy alerts are posted in your classroom so your paraprofessionals, clinicians, substitutes, and everyone else who is in and out of your room are all on the same page!
To-do lists are a must-have in my life! Here are some weekly, quarterly, and monthly checklists that will keep your organized all year!
Sub Plans and Throughout the Year forms will help maintain the organization mania straight until June!
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