Classroom Organization: Binders

I am always on the lookout for more effective organization in the classroom....so I'm going to write several posts that hopefully remind me to keep up with it!

I allow students to re-take any summative assessment.  My school policy states that students are allowed only one re-assessment on a summative per nine weeks (we have around 4 summative assessments per nine weeks). In our school district, summative assessments are worth 70% and formative assessments are worth 30% of their overall grade. This is a huge gap and I don't feel like it's fair that students should fail a class because they had one low summative grade.

Because I allow students to re-assess any summative assessment, I can see so many students develop that "growth mindset." I do not feel like students should worry about whether to re-take a test or not because "they may make another low test grade." Allowing students to re-assess takes this worry away from students.

Since I allow students to re-take assessments, I have extra grading and I need to be able to find the answer keys quickly! I put these binders on my bookshelf right behind me and can easily reach them if I need to re-grade an assessment.



I created the binder covers during the summer. 



My pacing guide is the first page that I see when I open up my binder. I normally use post-it notes on top of the days just in case I need to make extra copies, if something didn't go well, or anything else that I need to remember. 



I have each document printed out and put in a sheet protector. This has saved me so much time because if our network is down and I need to make extra copies, I already have it here with easy access!


Behind each sheet protector is the answer key to the assignment. I re-do all answer keys each year which is why it is not in a sheet protector. I know this seems like extra work but I found that if I re-do answer keys at the beginning of each year, it jogs my memory into what students had problems with and I can "better" my teaching. :)




If you like any of the templates, post a comment and I can upload it to this post!

Any other teachers have a certain way that they like to organize their binders?

12 comments

  1. I love this! Will you upload the file?

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  2. I love this! Will you upload the file?

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  3. Would love to borrow your files, too! You are SOOOOOOOOOOOO organized!

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  4. You are organization goals! If you are willing to share we would try to live up to what you have done.

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  5. You are organization goals! If you are willing to share we would try to live up to what you have done.

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  6. This looks absolutely amazing! I would love to use this if you'd be willing to upload! Thank you so much. You've been a lifesaver for me this year!

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  7. Would love to get my hands on your templates! I would love to be this organized!

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  8. I would love the binder templates too!

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  9. Where can I find these templates? This is a great idea. My binders are by semester and I would love to split them by topic with a pacing guide.

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  10. I love all of your work... it inspires me to do better and pay attention to detail and decor.. please upload for me

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  11. I absolutely love your website. I am always finding new ideas to use in my classroom. Thank you so much for your willingness to share.

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