I have been using a notebook to keep my school life together for several years. It's the only way I keep it together some months, especially when I am on several committees and projects. *Let me say here, that I love technology, and I keep everything I possibly can on my computer, but sometimes, you just need a pen and paper, or a place to put handouts, etc.* I've seen blog posts about classroom teachers' binders, but not music teachers, so I thought I'd share my version with you.
First, I got a 1-1/2 inch binder. One inch is not enough for me, and 2" is too big to carry around, so this works for me. I have to make it cute so I enjoy looking at it every day. :) I found this subway art on Pinterest (don't you LOVE Pinterest?) and matted it with some cute scrapbook paper.
I've divided my notebook into eight sections:
4. MEETING NOTES: I started out with a different tab for each section of meeting notes (team meetings, committee meetings, faculty meetings, district music meetings), but I decided that was just too many tabs. I put them all in one section, but with a piece of cardstock separating each. You could do it either way.
5. BUDGET PLANNING: I don't have a huge budget, but I do have enough to get to make some purchases for my classroom each year. I use this section to write down things as I think of them, so when it's time to spend my budget money I can remember what all I wanted to buy. Because seriously, I cannot keep that stuff in my brain!
6. COMPUTER & SOFTWARE: First, I have a spreadsheet of all of the (many) programs we use in the district, with username/password listed. Plus all those teacher sites I've joined so I can get great ideas, my choir site account, etc. Again, I will not remember how to log in to my stuff after a month, so this is important! After that, my notes about new software, how to do things I only use twice a year, etc.
8. And finally, PROJECTS: As the music teacher, we get asked to do other things outside of our classroom curriculum. Like programs, contests, and campus celebrations. Last year I wanted to start a Veteran's Day celebration on our campus, so this is where I kept those notes. They don't really fit into any other category, but I needed a place to keep them straight.
And that's it! My beautiful little organized piece of the world! It looks so pretty now, I almost hate to mess it up....Ha! No really, I can't wait to start filling it up with the joys and challenges this year will bring. I take this notebook with me everywhere--and when my computer dies (like it did last April), I am not completely lost!