Stay Organized With a Back to School Binder {Teacher Organization Tool, Lesson Planning, Back to School Binder Ideas}








Back to School.

Three little words that elicit some pretty strong reactions. When kids hear them they groan. When parents hear them they cheer wildly. And when teachers hear them their heads spin, their heartbeat increases and they often break out in a cold sweat. Because let’s be honest...there is so much to remember, do, create, gather, prepare, etc.

Some teachers choose to bury their heads (and toes...literally) in the sand and turn away singing, “la la la I can’t see you” as they walk by the school supply displays overtaking the stores until the last minute. Others spend the entire summer planning for the new year.  Either way the first day of school will come and we all need to be ready.  

To avoid reinventing the wheel each year and scrambling to find your resources, printables and ideas, it is a great idea to create a “Back to School Binder” to house everything you need in one central location.  While I am often an advocate for “going digital” and using paperless files on the computer, this is one area that seems to work best with hard copies.



Your Back to School Binder should serve as a working document and an archive. It’s a place to store past creations, packets, hand outs and photos and also a tool for making your lists and storing printables that need to be copied or prepped.

Tips for Creating and Using a Back to School Organization Binder:


As you come across ideas you may want to use, jot them down in the binder. 


Use the binder to make lists of things you need to do to prepare for the new year.

Attach sticky notes onto printables that need to be copied with copy instructions.

Revisit your lists after school begins to add anything you may have overlooked that will be helpful next year. 

Use the front pocket to store things that will change annually such as a list of student names, student teacher contact info, etc.

Keep extra notebook paper in the binder for additional lists and ideas.

Take photos of your room and creations as you set up for the new year. Either save them on an included flash drive or print hardcopies and put them into the binder.

Remember there is no right or wrong way to use this. It should become a useful tool to you.  Find ways to make it work to meet your need! Have fun and best wishes for a successful school year!


The printables shown above {as well as page dividers and themed note paper} are available in my Back to School Organization Binder. You can them here.



{Click to Access and Download: Back to School Organization Binder}

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