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.
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.
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.
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?