Friday, June 27, 2014

Different Teacher Binders

I have had many questions lately regarding my different Teacher Binders. Since I do not have a FAQ area on my site, I decided that I should do a blog post about the different binders, and what they include. I think this will definitely clear up some of the likes and differences between the two types of binders you can purchase from my store.

The two choices you will see explained in detail below are: 

The digital (print it yourself & includes less sheets) binder

The Teacher's Life Binder
(all-inclusive, 463 pages, everything you need all in one, & already printed for you)

First Binder: 
The digital binder
These binders are purchased at my Teachers Pay Teachers store and are downloaded digitally. You are then responsible for printing, hole punching, and binding them. They are much lower in cost, but definitely do NOT include everything that the second type of binder includes. They are great for organization. These will help you divide your binders into sections that are more meaningful for you, as a teacher. They will help keep all of your work and paperwork organized...and in one, safe place! There are not sections in this binder for organizing your personal/home life - you will find those in the second binder option. There are sections for your students, parents, classroom, data, substitute, etc. 

Included in these binders:

-Cover sheets for the different binder sections (Teacher Binder, Student Information Binder, Parent Contact Binder, etc.)

-Dividers for your binder: (print only what you need)
1. Grade book and Evaluations
2. Sub Information
-Student roster
-Good/Bad behavior sheet
-'Great teacher helpers' record sheet for the sub to fill out
-Safety procedures
-'How We Get Home' sheet
-Teacher notes sheet
-Sub notes sheet
-Letter from the teacher
3. Student information
-Including 4 different forms you can choose from for organizing student information (grades, addresses, contact info, assessment scores, emergency info., etc.)
-Birthdays organizer
4. Parent Contact
-Basic sheet with student name, parent name, method of contact, and reasons for contact
-Form you can fill out before parents arrive with topics to discuss (work ethic, behavior, 7 habits, etc.) *Another form included without the 7 habits because some schools do not use those 
5. Curriculum Calendar (13 months of calendar pages for 2014-15
6. Student Data
7. Content Weights
8. IEPs
9. 504 plans (written "five-oh-four plans" because there are not # clip arts to match the font I have used on this binder set)
10. Lesson plans 
-along with a simple lesson plan template
11. Meeting notes
- 3 choices of forms you can use to organize your meeting notes
12. Standards
13. Pacing Guide
14. Gradebook
15. Social Studies
16. Math
17. ELA
18. Data
19. Inquiry
20. Science
21. Writing
22. Evaluations
23. ELL
24. Benchmarks
25. AR
26. Reading counts
27. Math Fact Fluency
29. School Improvement Plan
30. Curriculum
31. Common Core
32. "Belongs to: _________" for you to put in the back of your binder
33. Spine labels for EVERY single DIVIDER and COVER page you have here (except for a couple that I assume will never have their own binder)
34. At the end of your document, there are blank templates for dividers and spine labels so you can write in anything else that you need :)

Some people make this an all-in-one large binder, and other people make this into sooo many different binders to keep all of their subjects/topics organized! You can make this your own in so many different ways!

Digital binders (different designs) offered: 

 The Yearly Binder for Organization in Chevron and in Less Color

The Yearly Binder for Organization in EDITABLE - Bright Animal Print and Rainbow Chevron
What is great about the editable binders is that you can type into them, as well as create any pages you need that aren't already included (you can type into the blank pages given so that any pages you create will match the rest of your binder)

Second Binder:
The Teacher's Life Binder
The Teacher's Life Binder can be purchased two ways: at my TpT store OR at my personal store. This binder is my personal favorite, and has been my "baby" for the past 2 years in which I have been working to perfect it. I am so glad it is finally ready to be shared with all of you! This binder is 463 pages in length, and is already designed and printed for you in full. There are enough copies for you to use them for your class, and for a full year of plans. There are also sections for your personal life. This being a MAJOR difference from the binders you saw above. In this binder, there are sections for you classroom, your substitute, your home, your taxes/bills, and your other business (like being a teacher-blogger!) Read below for more detailed information.

Included in this binder:
-Cover pages (not hole punched) to slide into your binder cover view

-Contact you information – so your beautiful binder can be returned if lost!

-Quote pages throughout the binder help divide up the different sections – with the quote conveniently tying in with the section idea!

-Classroom contact information and volunteers

-Important classroom dates and birthdays to remember

-Password keeper for school websites

-Calendar and meetings:

-Calendar for months July through the following June (with notes pages in between each month for your personal notes or meeting notes in that month)

-Meeting notes pages (11)

-Plans section divider (quote)

-Pacing guide

-41 weeks of blank plans to write in your plans (5 subject for 5 days a week – along with sections for meetings, duties, and goals of each week)

-Student section divider (quote)

-Student information sheets (30) for contact information and home communication information

-A “quick look” sheet for accommodations to make in the classroom (2)

-Students of the Month tracker

-Seating arrangement pages (2)

-Attendance charts (enough for 180 days)

-Grade book charts (18 charts)

-”While you were out” missed work log (4 pages)

-Student data divider

-Student education plans divider

-Parent contact section divider (quote)

-Parent contact information sheets (4)

-Log for parent communication (4)

-Checklist to log “happy notes” you send home to parents in regards to students

-Parent/Teacher conference forms to fill out while you are conferencing

-Substitute binder divider

-Substitute binder divider and section with information such as: welcome note, schedule, roster, important information, emergency procedures, and a page for your sub to tell you how his/her day was in your classroom (3x each of these for 3 days of absence and allows for your schedule and information to change)

-Home-related section divider

-”To do” lists (5 pages)

-Cleaning: day/task log

-Groceries list (4 pages)

-Important contacts (3 pages)

-Address book (5 pages)

-Recipes (enough for 10 recipes)

-Teacher-preneur section divider

-Plans for the year

-Product Ideas

-Products for sale


-Clip art and font information

-Blog post ideas

-Giveaways (of your own products, as well as of other’s products)



-Money/Bills/Tax related sections divider (quote)

-Keep track of your bills, budget, taxes, business travels, and expenses

Also includes a back cover and binder spine labels for your Teacher’s Life Binder

*Allow 2 – 3 weeks for shipping (you will receive a confirmation of payment e-mail, as well as an e-mail to tell you that your order has shipped)

*Feel free to contact me with any questions

This binder is not editable; in other words, you will not be able to edit it or type into it. The hard cover binder does not come with the product – You will receive the 463 pages (each of which is already hole punched in the standard three-ring style) and a personal “thank you” card from myself!

Teacher's Life Binder (different designs) offered:

The Teacher's Life Binder in the "Out & About" design
On my personal store click HERE
On TpT click HERE

The Teacher's Life Binder in the "Preppy Apple & Bow Ties" design
On my personal store HERE
On my TpT store HERE

 Feel free to comment if you have any other questions about these two types of binders, or questions about any of the binders in the subsections! Leave a comment below, with a return e-mail, or just e-mail me directly at

Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Teacher's Essentials Giveaway!

We all need summer! When summer gets here….oh my goodness…we are all so ready to sit and not get up! There are a few key things I sort out during the summer, though, and it really makes my life easier when we get back to school in August! But first...I should tell you...

ONE: This year my summer list starts off a little differently – I decided that since I moved this past year, this is the perfect time to change my classroom color scheme! New classroom - New look! I am super excited to do my new room in hot pink, navy blue, and gold!

My Navy, Hot Pink, & Gold Inspiration!

TWO: Check TpT for updates! Many of your favorite purchases from Teachers Pay Teachers could have been updated since you purchased them! 

THREE: Clean out your computer, organize your "folders", and back up your files! These are things I do during the summer because I am just TOO LAZY to "get to them" during the school year!

FOUR: Plan your first week or two! I usually get to this at the end of the school year; however, since we went to Ireland right away this summer, I really did not have time! This makes the beginning of the year so great because you have no immediate worries or stresses! 

FIVE: Decide on your organization system - are you going to use a binder, multiple binders, a file folder system, etc? As many of you know, I am a bit "binder obsessed" in the way that I organize! I love to have everything I need at my fingertips! I love to organize my new binder, transfer over old data (passwords to sites, school information and forms, etc) to my new binder, and throw away the old one! This might be one of my 'fave' parts of a new school year ... a fresh, new binder! 

SIX: Have fun!! Do what you want to do for a change! Lay in the sun, play with your children (I know I will be hanging out with my niece a lot!), go out to dinner, see friends, travel! Yay! It is SUMMER! No stress, no worries! 
Remember: Everything you are doing now is just preparation for next year. 
They are not things you need to be stressed about right now, just "extras" !! 

I think what we all really a giveaway!
Two of my very favorites - the fan-tastic Katie, at Queen of the First Grade Jungle, and the best sister everrr, Caitlin, at Kindergarten Smiles  - and I are doing a giveaway together for a few items that will just make your life easier ... it's a Teacher Essentials giveaway! The giveaway will be open for one week! Be sure to enter so that you can win these amazing products! I know winning these will start your summer and your new year off on the right foot!
THREE ITEMS available to WIN! 

ONE: The Busy Teacher Bundle! (grade of your choice) made by Katie at Queen of the First Grade Jungle. You get to choose between kindergarten, first grade, or second grade! Check out the images below to see how ahhh-mazing they are!


TWO: Your choice of Hot Seats made by Caitlin at Kindergarten Smiles

THREE: Teacher's Life Binder - Your choice of design - 463 pages mailed to your door! Ready to go!

The Teacher's Life Binder in the "Preppy Apple & Bow Ties" design
Available HERE

 The Teacher's Life Binder in the "Out & About" design
Available HERE

Good Luck!! The rafflecopter will be open for one week!