I teach third, a testing grade. By now, we are in the thick of unit tests (for every subject-yuck!), losing the race to the pacing guide, wishing for snow while knowing that we don't have the time for it, and already beginning to make decisions for end of year testing. Oh yeah, and the SOL testing window starts 2 weeks earlier this year.
With all of these balls in the air, my own organization has gone by the wayside. But, I decided to clean my things up (a little) and show you how my organization has evolved so far this year.
I have two main pieces that keep me organized through all the planning, grading, and meetings: My Erin Condren Lesson Planner and My Quarterly Binder.
There are many different bells and whistles attached to the Erin Condren Planner, but I continue to buy it for three main parts, the only three parts I use: monthly calendars, weekly lesson plan spreads, and checklists. I would have to have a place to record these three things anyway and I love that with this planner, they are all in one book.
Don't be fooled by my quarterly binder, it doesn't really change by quarter. I just change the cover on the front because I had already printed them in color and was too lazy to redo them. This binder has everything I need to stay in step with today's data-driven school. :(
The first part of the binder has things I need that aren't attached to any subject.
The rest of the binder is divided by subject. For each subject I have my weekly plans, monthly calendar with the unit laid out with topic by day, upcoming unit test, and past unit test scores.
There you have it, folks! It's not super cute or the most organized it could be, but it's working right now. I would love to hear how you all are keeping up with things and organizing for success. Leave me a comment and let me know.
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