Basic Locker/ Backpack/ Binder


Staying organized helps you to keep track of your necessities and always keep them within reach. This Basics guide helps you to make sure you have all the things you need without the unnecessary extras and to keep your study material organized.

Basic locker organization

Start with…

  1. Binders on the bottom. ½”  to 1″ depending on class needs.
  2. Textbooks stacked horizontally. I suggest you organize them by class though size and color are more visually appealing.
  3. You should have 1 primary notebook that you write all your class notes in before transcribing them on top of the textbooks. Taking class notes then later rewriting them in a cleaner outline gives you time to become acquainted with the material.
  4. Extra Pencil case for your spare pencils and pens on top of the notebook or on the side of the binders.
  5. Folders with pockets and brads. Minimum 3
    • Homework folder to keep assignments and projects in one place.
    • Paperwork/Signature folder to keep important papers for parents and guardians.
    • Portfolio folder to transport papers to make copies to be added to the student portfolio.

*Should only have your daily necessities. Clean it out every night or no less than once a week.

  • Planner
  • Primary notebook
  • Main pen/pencil pouch – include highlighters, erasers, sticky notes ( large and small). Small sticky notes are good for marking important points.
  • Textbooks
  • Locker folders as needed.
Binder Basis

Your binder is the storage place for every piece of work you do without the school year. This is for you grade safety as well. Teachers are not perfect, and they deal with more students than just you, so having an organized binder helps you to have all assignments ready in need of grade discussion or questions. It’s also a great help for your study schedule to be able to use everything given to you for study material.

Tabs to include:

  • Graded homework
  • Graded Test
  • Notes/Handouts
  • Practice/Classwork
  • Projects
  • Sheet Protectors
  • Notebook paper

Please note that these are the basics. Some classes will require more dividers and some teachers have a format that they recommend students use for their class.

Home desk

This is your command station for studying.  Now you don’t need to have an actual desk. Just a clean surface that you can spread out on and use a computer at ( as needed). You can store the items in a separate area. Give yourself a basket or box to transport them if needed.

  • 3″ binder with tabs.
    • You need to have enough dividers to mark each subject you are studying, as well as subdividers within each subject.
      • e.g., Class tab > Typed class notes > Keynotes ( key terms, dates, and flash card prep. >To know for midterm/finals. > Study outlines and study quizzes > Current projects
    • Keep your study schedules in the binder with notes for individual days written in your planner.
  • Writing utensils
    • Colored pencils, markers, pencils, highlighters, pen
  • Portfolio building space
    • This is a space mostly in mind for high school students prepping for college, but that can be used for all types of students and activities that require a record of skills. Primarily this is the binder or folder that you use to keep a copy of your work that you think you can use. Some students may need additional space, but this is a baseline to store the demonstration of your skills. Most of this will help you prep for interviews because you have all relevant content in one place.
      • Skill proof
        • Copies of essays/reports with commentary or rubrics.
        • Artwork. For the portfolio binder, you can keep photos or the original if it will fit with descriptions of the work and process.
        • Collaborative work
        • Personal essays and research
        • Community service log
        • List of books you have read and your thoughts about them.
        • Role model list
        • Goals list
        • C.V. Yes it is possible to start a C.V as young as school age.
        • Letter discussing portfolio items.
      • Computer
      • Stapler
      • Glue
      • 3 hole punch
      • Calendar to mark major events
      • Flash drive or cloud
      • Textbook area
      • Binder clips
      • In progress baskets
      • Post-it flags

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