Motivation Monday: Organization!!!

Is this you?!
Is clutter smothering you?!
We all know teachers have a c-r-a-z-y amount of paperwork to complete and keep up with.  I’m not an expert nor do I have the secret to making all that paperwork disappear, but I do have a system that works for me.  
This is how I keep track of important forms, notes, and work samples:
I have a hanging file for each student.  They are labeled by numbers, not names.  That way I don’t have to change out the tabs each year.  
I have two folders in each hanging file.  One is title “Important Forms” and the other is titled “Student Work.”  I printed these out on a label template and put them on the tab of each folder.
Whenever I have a meeting on a student, I can pull the file and have lots of info right at my fingertips.  It’s all about working a little more up front (before the school year starts) so that I don’t have to scramble for organization during the year (which we all know can get crazy).  
How do you organize your students’ forms, notes, and work samples?


  1. I organize my files just like yours, but I don't use numbers. I try and go through mid-year and get rid of things I don't need, and keep only the really important stuff.

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  2. Hmm. I'm not going to tell you what "files" I'm using right now. There may, or may not, be a stack of unfiled papers…that have been by my desk for quite some time. I keep thinking I need to file them…but…there are so many other things to do!! Ugh.

    Well done on the organization!
    Collaboration Cuties

  3. I do the same thing as you!! Sometimes I think I am over doing it by having two folders for each kid, but it keeps me organized. And now I dont feel alone. I did label by name though, so next year will definitely do numbers!! Thanks for the tip.

    Stickers and Stamps

  4. I do the same thing but the 2 folders are in 2 different file boxes. I think next year I will do them all in one box. My problem is I tend to get the RTI kids so my file on work samples gets pretty full with data too. :-) I was able to find plastic folders that I have been able to use year after year and they are awesome!

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