I love having an organized parent-teacher communication binder. It helps keep me focused and I don’t need to search for multiple binders when everything is all located in on spot. My binder does get quite big by the end of the year but I do appreciate having a one-stop-spot for everything.
What Do I Keep?
Basically, I keep every form of communication with parents which is written in my communication binder and much more! Such as:
- Parents “wishes” that they want me to know about their child
- Notes about student behavior
- Parent volunteer lists (dates, times etc)
- Parent sign up lists (snacks, play dough, etc)
- Any information from our Special Education team or any professional who comes to service students
- arent communication log – both praise points and concerns
If you want to check out the log I use in my binder click on the image to view it!
If I have tabs that I want to reuse every year I assign each student a number and then attach a class list to the front of my binder using a clip. I then can easily flip to the students’ number by counting to find their information quickly.
I have also used numbered tabs for multiple years but I find they don’t last as the ones I have purchased are not reinforced and I often have had more than 31 students in my class and I like a consistent form of organization.
If I had regularly had fewer students than 31 I would be more inclined to use these again. Click on any image on this page if you want to check them out on Amazon affiliate for more information. I don’t make a lot off of this at all, just hoping to cover some costs of running this website.
Write & Erase
These, by far, are my favorite AND have saved my sanity this past year.
I have found that the Avery Write & Erase labels are often more durable than other dividers as they are reinforced along the edge where the holes are punched.
I also love them because I can write students names on these and reuse them year after year! I’ve had the set shown below but in the colors of my photos for a year and all of the dividers are in perfect condition despite daily use!