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:
-Caseload snapshot chart (includes all imp. info and dates for your entire caseload)
-School contact list (administration & teachers at your home school)
-Resources contact list (special education contacts that are not at your home school)
-Annual IEP Timeline (dates for upcoming iep deadlines)
-Revaluation Timeline (dates for 3 year reeval dates)
-Blank school calendar to fill in through-out the year for meetings/imp. dates
I have my students separated by tabs and include each of the following for each student:
-Student IEP Summary Sheet
-Parent communication form
-Student SPED service minutes documentation sheet (to show that I am meeting minutes in my schedule and when/where students are being served)
-Student level sheet (shows present levels of students, where improvement is needed, and strategies that have worked – I usually end of with several of these throughout the year for each student)
-Student goal data tracking form (use one for each goal)
-Student fluency progress chart
This binder is a great resource to have throughout the day 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.
Since this is a new blog, I want to have a freebie! I am going 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.