First, a little background as to why I went to binders. I hated my file folders in the filing cabinet! The papers would get messy and folded and I would wind up with all these random copies of items. I would pull out a thick folder for Irrelevant Sentences only to find two handouts, the rest were like class sets. Who needs all that? Not me anymore! When I decided to transfer schools, I knew this was the time to make the move to binders.
I gathered my supplies...binders from my college days, tab dividers and page protectors from Office Depot. I really like these tabs because they are long enough to be viewed with the page protectors. They can be a little pricey, though!
I got this box of 200 page protectors. They are pretty thin, but for my needs, they were perfect!
Then, I set up my binders. I used my state standards to make a cover page for each binder. I separated Literacy into three binders (Language, Reading, Writing/Research) and made binders for Math, Science, Social Studies, Writing, and binders specific to TCAP (our state test) preparation. After making the covers, I typed all the tab dividers and got them inserted.
Here is the cover of my Reading Skills Binder:
Here is an inside shot of the tabs in the Math Skills Binder:
Then I was all ready for the files! I would take home three or four folders a day and place the handouts in page protectors and then into their correct section. While I was doing this, I threw away all multiple copies! Well, I put them in the recycling, but either way, they were gone!
Here are some examples of what was put in each section:
Master copies of reading games:
Lists of words problems used for problem based learning:
And for my TCAP Binders, I made tabs for my TCAP study guides, study guide quizzes, small group skill pages, homework review pages! I am all set for TCAP review this year! Here are some shots of my Math TCAP Binder:
The best part about the binders are when it is time to copy. All you do is take out the page protector, leave the binder opened to the page, copy the page, and place it back in the binder! I leave it open so I will remember to put it back. No more losing your master copy!
This binder system has been working great for me this year. Anyone else use binders?