UPDATED ON 9/13/14
I found this great idea for viewing all of your students’ goals in one space from Pinterest. For this project you will need a file folder and post-it notes. The original pin is for classroom teachers with up to 25 students. The original pinner used regular square post-it notes. Of course no speech therapist has a caseload of 25 so we need smaller post-its. I used the smaller rectangular post-its since I serve about 50 students. On the inside of the file folder, I evenly place the post-its. I could easily fit 50-60 post-its on the inside of the file folder.
The information that I include on each post-it is: student’s name, teacher’s initials, grade, targets from IEP or probes, Medicaid, and any other important information. I color code my students according to their targets (orange=/r/, blue= /s, sh, ch/, green= social/AAC, yellow=language, purple=fluency, pink=other). I found these great post-its that match my colors for my coding system. If a child has several different targets, I choose a color that represents the most deficit target. If you can’t find the colored post-its just use highlighters to mark the different targets on yellow post-its. Below is a sample of what the post-its look like. The “M” stands for Medicaid eligible.
I lay out the post-its according to when I see the students (starting with the first student on Monday morning). This system has been so helpful when I am planning the week’s lessons. On the front of the file folder. I used 2 brass brads to hold the week’s lesson plans. I just add the new week’s plan to the top of the others so I can easily see what we have worked on in the past. It also makes the information readily available when writing IEPs and progress reports. It is much easier to carry a file folder instead several files for each student.
Let me know if you have any questions about this great organizing idea. Thanks to the original pinner for inspiring the SLP version.
ADDED INFORMATION 6/23/14
At the request of many readers I am adding pictures of my file folder. I hope this helps clear up any questions you have as to what the actual file folder looks like. I have a caseload of around 45 students. The bottom 4 post-its were used to keep handy a special science program that the fourth grade classes were participating in. This program changed my schedule each week so I wanted to keep it accessible. Use any extra space you have for what ever you need whether it be schedules or additional student information.
Here is closer look at the post-its (sorry it is a little blurry but it I hope it helps you understand).
After another request, I have added a picture of the front cover where I plan out my sessions. It shows the brads and how I add the next week’s lesson over the previous week so I can keep track of the lessons and sessions completed.
ADDED INFO ON 9/13/14
Here is a link to the template that I use on the front of the file folder.
Speedy Speech Template