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.