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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Let's Get Organized!

I love staying organized and I am always looking for ways to improve! So I wanted to share with you a few things I changed up this year to keep me better organized . . .

In the past I have bought each of my students a folder to keep with them and bring each time they come to speech. If they came on time (I have 3-5th graders, so they can do this) and brought their folder, then they would receive a "speech dollar." They could then save their "money" and purchase various items from my "speech store." This turned out to be the BEST motivational thing I could ever do!! But, you always have a few kids who loose their folder or the folders get torn to shreds ... so this year I thought why not just have them keep the folders in my room and not only will they stay in tip top shape, but I could also have a working folder to bring with me to IEPs.
Student files in hanging folders and milk crate
 I also thought that this would be a great way for the students to practice some executive functioning skills (like finding their names in alphabetical order and returning their folder to the appropriate place).

Student Folder

Speech Dollar

 I also needed a way to keep myself organized with lesson plans, worksheets, activities, etc. So I created this lesson plan binder where I keep my lesson plan for the day in a protective sleeve, along with any handouts I may have, activities AND any storybooks I need for that everything I need is kept nice and tidy :)

Lesson Plan Binder

Lesson Plan in sleeve (large index cards on left pocket for artic practice)

Activity for that day (copies in protective sleeve)
Story for the day (also in a protective sleeve)

 So those are just a FEW ways I keep myself organized. You can get a copy of my lesson plans and speech dollars on our Free Download page.

Happy planning and organizing!!

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