While organizing my materials, I was looking through my resource binders. These binders are truly one of the best things I have done in terms of organizing my own personal resources. As speech-language pathologists, we attend so many professional development workshops, classes, and focus groups and with those we acquire a lot of resources and notes. In year one of my professional career, I would stick my notes in hanging files or in folders I had laying around. It was nice that they were tucked away and safe, but with them out of sight they became out of mind and I was wasting valuable information and resources that I could refer to when appropriate. Then, beginning of year two, I decided to organize my notes and resources in a way that was functional and accessible to me. Here is where my resource binders came into play.
I had these binders at my home office in my old district, but for now they are sitting on my window sill until I get a bookcase at home. I categorized 1.5-2 inch binders into the following categories: autism, language, articulation, AAC, and social skills. My goal is to attend more workshops and classes on fluency this year, so I hope to be adding a fluency binder in the near future. What is really important is that they are categorized in a way that is beneficial for you!
Each binder is labeled on the side and front for easy reach.
I basically label the tabs as I need a new category per binder. Some binders only have five tabs right now and other binders have fifteen, just depends on your needs! You also get a glimpse of my horrific hand writing. You're welcome.
Basically, I just hole punch all my notes or print outs. Any visuals or items that cannot be hole punched I place in plastic covers or pockets, which works out handy for visuals or examples I hang onto for teachers. I prefer the tabs with pockets to hold materials or notes that I haven't hole punched yet.
Place the binders were you will have easy access, and there you go, resources you will actually use!