Monday, January 11, 2016

Favorite Organization Tips for SLPs: Frenzied SLP Linky

This subject is right up my alley: a couple of my SLP coworkers rib me a lot about being organized! I don't write on my students' work folders; I use labels so they'll look nicer. (Okay, maybe I should change "organized" to "OCD"!) My husband has a hard time believing it...I'm not so organized at home.

1. Organizing TpT Materials:
 At first, I put everything in binders. When I started spending money on binders that never held enough, I knew there had to be another way. I read that someone (sorry, I don't remember who!) put their materials in gallon zip-lock bags. Perfect! I will put print-outs in sheet protectors, then group the product together into a bag. I have a cabinet at school with bins for each month, as well as seasons. I put the materials in the bins, and all I have to do is pull one out and choose what I'm going to do for that week/month. Easy as pie!

2. Organizing IEP Meetings:
 I don't have a fancy planner. Personally, I don't want 1 more thing to have to carry around. Google Calendar is your friend. Believe me! I have my school & personal calendars linked on my phone, so (as long as it's on my calendar) I'm up to speed on everything. My husband & I share our personal calendars with each other so we know what our schedules are. 
At the beginning of the school year, I look through the list of when my students' IEPs & 3-years are due. Then, I look 1 month before that and pencil in a tentative date/time on my paper calendar. (It's a very simple monthly calendar.) I write a note to send Johnny's Invitation to the parent 2 weeks before the tentatively scheduled meeting. That way, I'm not worrying about a 10-day notice (because the parents have a 14 day notice), and if something should happen, I have a month before I'm out of compliance. 
At the beginning of the prior month, I look through the next month's tentative schedule and email an invitation to the teacher & the principal. (For example, I just sent February's meetings out.) We've switched to gmail, so I put the meeting on the calendar and invite them. 

3. Organizing my planned activities:
   I used to plan by the month and write down the activities on a calendar. Now, I pull out my bin (see picture in #1), pull out materials for the month, and put them in a basket on a table in my room. I guess I should let you know that I tag the materials I use with a little sticky note & the year so I don't use the same ones every year. (I just started doing that last year, and it's helped a lot!) I love using books in therapy, and I've started rotating the books from year to year so I don't have to hear, "We read that book last year" from my students. Hopefully, the artic kids will have graduated before the same books are read!

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10 comments:

  1. We may be long lost sisters! Pretty much follow your organization spot on. Zippered bags, page protectors, bins in cabinets, books alternated per year, bin for therapy! I learned this one additional tip from a retired SLP. Label things odd or even and then you know which year to use them!

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  2. I love these tips! Your bins look so neat and user-friendly! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I use a bin, too! It's right there to grab in case I need a little extra work for a student! Super ideas!

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  4. The bins are not only efficient and clever, but the colors are eye candy! Love that idea of grabbing a bin and keeping it out for the month. Thanks for the tips!!

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  5. You ARE organized! I use gallon zip-loc bags and bins, too. I tote my totes back and forth from home by season; they are HUGE and full!

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  6. I'm with you on the Google calendar! I used to carry a paper calendar everywhere I went, but they got lost a lot in my travels. (Told you I wasn't truly organized!) Having the calendar on my computer and in my phone is awesome. It gives me a heads up with reminders too. perfect! I think I may have to try your monthly bins... love it.

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  7. I am all about my digital calendar. I rely on the reminders function to keep me on time and I adore the travel time feature when setting appointments. I talked about both of these things in my link up post. Check them out at sweetspeech.org. I also work with a bin system. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

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  8. I'm impressed Old School- you've got me wanting to go Google Calendar. I'm using my mommy calendar on the refrigerator and an old fashioned school planner.

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  9. I love your ideas! I had not thought of grouping materials by the month. I like the organization for IEP meetings. I am going to try this today.

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  10. I have started using the gallon ziplock bags to store materials, too! I love that I can grab and go and easy cleanup to put away.

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