How to Set Up Working Student Folders

Piles of papers stacked on all desks and tables. Therapy materials scattered across the room. A to-do list that’s a mile long.

This unfortunately isn’t an uncommon situation in the life of a school-based SLP.

Sometimes some of that clutter is inevitable, but I absolutely hate it when I can’t find the materials that I need for a session.

I needed a streamlined and efficient way to organize my students’ data and activities.

I tried a number of systems (file folders, binders, portfolios) in attempt to keep track of it all.

The New Student Folder

I was browsing on Amazon for cheap solutions, and I came across these adhesive prongs.

Keeping track of therapy activities, student work, and data is easier said than done! Student folders are a great way to keep track of it all! Learn how to set up and organize your student folders here.

I stick them in regular portfolio folders. They make it so easy to quickly add new pages (and flip through old ones).

Here’s a look at how I assembled the folder:

What Do You Keep in the Folder?

Visuals: I keep sleeve protectors in the folder to store my students’ visuals. This way they always know what they’re working on, and it’s easy to quickly scaffold a new skill.  (I store most of my visuals in my therapy tote, but I use student folders to store visuals that I customized just for the student or visuals that the student created.)

Vocabulary Journals: Vocabulary journals are my favorite! There is so much research on the benefits of vocabulary journals, and the sheets can be easily stored in the folder.

Student Data: Increasing student goal awareness is related to better outcomes. I want to give my students ownership of their data. I include worksheets from my Progress Monitoring Kit.

Therapy Activities: I also stick in any paper activities. It’s nice to have a mini-portfolio to share with parents/teachers at conferences.

Curriculum-Based Therapy: I set up a folder for every student, but I also use it to keep track of activities that teachers share with me.

I keep a two-hole punch by the therapy table. This makes it so that my students and I can quickly add new pages to the folder.

Keeping track of therapy activities, student work, and data is easier said than done! Student folders are a great way to keep track of it all! Learn how to set up and organize your student folders here.

I keep the folders in my therapy cart for easy access.

So there you have it! Do you set up student folders? How do you organize them?

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Hi there! I'm Marisha. I am a school-based SLP who is all about working smarter, not harder. I created the SLP Now Membership and love sharing tips and tricks to help you save time so you can focus on what matters most--your students AND yourself.

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  1. Jeanne Lester says

    I love this idea. I use the same folders that you use and it is definitely a pain. I’ll be using your idea when we come back from winter break.

  2. Amy M says

    Hello! I know this isn’t a super recent post but I’m wondering if you print out colored visuals for every student for their working folders? Does this seems a bit expensive/ time consuming for you? Do you think it would make sense for me to instead have a binder of visuals in my therapy cart (love your therapy cart post, btw) to use instead of giving 40+ copies to students individually?

    • Marisha says

      Yes! I store the majority of my visuals in my therapy tote and use the student’s folder for “customized” visuals. I updated the post to be a little clearer. 🙂

  3. Natalie says

    This is sooooooo helpful. I have a BUNCH of these folders and I stoped using them because they are a pain and TIME consuming. Where is the link for the student articulation folders set up? Thanks a ton!

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