Tried it Tuesday {File Organization}

For today's Tried it Tuesday I am sharing how am using my Common Core files I created and shared with you at the end of last school year.  Last year I printed my labels (you can get them for FREE in my  TpT store) and placed them on new file folders.

I then sorted through my materials and kept the papers that went along with the new curriculum and placed them in the correct file.  Each label has the Common Core standard and a little cliff note.

As the year has progressed it has been SUPER easy for me to open my filing cabinet and place this year's new sheets, games, and task cards in the corresponding file.  I wish I would of been this organized my previous years of teaching!

I keep the current skill(s) files in my weekly lesson plan bin on my front table for easier access to extra materials or for filing away those extra papers quickly.

In my files have stashed away almost every product from the Tricky Math Bundle, which is currently on sale at Educents for $10.99!

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  1. I love your organization system. This is our first year using the Common Core. I have been playing around with my organization all year. That will be a major task for me this summer, so I really appreciate you sharing your method!

    Fit to be Fourth

  2. I have been doing this also. I wrote the standard on the front of the folder too. I found this helps if I grab a folder to take home with me to do lesson plans. We are required to put the standard in our lesson plans and display them in the room. This helps me when I need to write it down also. On the front I also write any books that might help teach that skill. I'm going to have to go download those labels now. They look better than what I have.
    Fourth and Goal in Fourth Grade

  3. I'm finally getting around to downloading these labels, but can't seem to find Avery 8593. Is it possible they are the same as Avery 8366?

  4. Looks like a great way to keep organized! Right now, I have everything in "units" with a checklist in the front of the binder with all the skills each unit covers, however, I always have some odds and ends and my file cabinet could definitely use a good purge! This may be a "fun" activity on the next teacher work day!

    Thanks for sharing,
    My Shoe String Life

  5. I really like the way you have organized this. It's definitely a transition and takes time, but it's going to be so worth it when everything is in order. Thanks for sharing.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learin'

  6. Organizing by standard has saved my life! I love it!

  7. Oh, I just love organization! I live for organization! Really like how you've org. your files. I may need to hop over to TPT to download these labels. Thanks so much for sharing them!

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  8. I love your organization, Jessica! I reorganized my cabinets last year by "topic" but wish I had included the standard too. Smart thinking!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  9. Hmmmm...I am considering changing my organization system to a standards-based one. Right now, I just organize by unit/topic - but this is smart! Thanks for sharing the idea!

    Kate :)
    McDee's Busy Bees


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