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    I'm a color-code freak. i color code EVERYTHING! I have 2 file cabinets. One is divided by subject in each drawer-math, reading, lang. arts, social studies/science in one drawer, art and seasonal in one. Within each drawer, I have color coded file pockets for every skill. For example, in math I have one for place value, one for even/odd, greater/less than, add. facts, sub. facts, telling time, etc. Same for lang. arts and so on. In the reading drawer I also have a file for each read-aloud book I use. I like the file pockets, because I can drop anything in there without fear of it falling out and getting lost. The other file cabinet houses my folder games and activities for each subject. Those drawers are coded exactly like the other file cabinet, divided by skill--all the place value games, even/odd games, etc. I took it one step further and divided them into one person games and games for 2 or more.

    Then in a moment of insanity last spring I began a new system that I continue to work on now. I purchased 1-inch binders and 5-tab dividers for each week of the school year. I labeled the dividers for the subject areas I teach. Then I am putting a copy of each activity, parent letter, idea, etc. in the notebook in the appropriate section so that in the future, rather than fumbling through all my master files for what I need for next week, it will already be there, ready for the copier. I can change out the papers in the notebooks as need be, but I won't always have to fish through the entire file every single time.

    Files about school matters are kept in my bottom desk drawer. I also have two management notebooks. In them I have many dividers. I include sections for schedules, class list, seating chart, sub info, parent contact sheets, etc. It's handy all in one place at my desk.

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