One of the best things that any administrator did for me was introducing me to the classroom flipbook. During my second year of teaching, my assistant principal created these helpful flipbooks for each teacher in our building. Inside, it contained the steps for vital information in our classrooms. There were tabs for emergency procedures, classroom expectations, notes about students (like who had specific allergies) and key contacts for other members on our team.
Ever since I have created a new flipbook for every school I teach in. As an administrator, I made ones for each member of my team. Each and every time, these have served me well. No longer do I need to have a big bulky binder. Instead, I capture these key pieces of information and I can easily bring it with me in my planner or leave it for a substitute so they are well-prepared for the day ahead.
In today’s smART ideas video, I’m showing you how easy it is to make one of these for yourself. You can get fancy and laminate each page or use the binding machine if you have one. But if not, a stapler, some construction paper, and some plain white paper will do the trick. What’s important is that it works for you. You can label each tab with what you need to reference in an emergency or on a daily basis. And you can have as many or as few tabs as you’d like.
Now I’d love to know: how do YOU keep all of the key information from your day organized? Would you use this idea, or do you have a system/trick of your own that you’d like to share? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.