"I've put together a binder that stays on my desk with information that I need daily and substitute information. The binder has a cover identifying the contents, which are attendance, lesson plans, seating charts and a special section for substitutes that includes a letter from me, the building layout, my daily schedule, and our classroom rules. Each section is tabbed and kept up-to-date with attendance reports, weekly lesson plans and seating changes.
The reference pages are in plastic sheet covers to keep everything neat. My desk binder helps me to keep information systematic as well as handle my absence from the classroom with the greatest amount of support already in place."
Submitted by: Ann Rayner , an eighth grade reading and writing teacher at Perry Middle School in Perry, Ohio. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly Tip Newsletter.