With the unbelievable amount of paperwork, it is sometimes hard to find the balance
between lesson planning, collecting data, writing IEP’s, parent communication,
teacher communication, and ACTUALLY teaching. I am the queen of charts,
check-lists and to-do lists! Any time I feel unorganized, stress takes over,
and I don’t perform as well as I can. Plus, I get very grouchy!
One thing that I could not live without daily is my caseload binder. I
create a new caseload binder every year. It holds all the information I need
access to daily on my students. I refer to it when lesson planning, during
meetings, and when I am surprised by a parent phone call/visit about a student.
Here’s what I include in my binder:
dates for your entire caseload)
your home school)
are not at your home school)
through-out the year for meetings/imp. dates
the following for each student:
show that I am meeting minutes in my schedule and when/where students are being
where improvement is needed, and strategies that have worked – I usually end of
with several of these throughout the year for each student)
and at home because I never know when I will be asked a question about a
student, whether it is by another teacher, administrator, or parent. It takes
some time to fill in all the information, but it will save you from running to
the locked cabinet (after you spend 10 minutes looking for your keys) every
time you are unexpectedly asked a question. It also helps lighten the load of
information taken home each night.
to give away 5 FREE copies of my caseload binder packet I’m selling at my TPT
store. All you have to do is leave a comment with your e-mail address in it so
I can send you the packet.