@amyboz The middle school has always done individual binders. Like if you were to wing it on your own, you would feel like the odd one out because it’s a system they’ve always used. I would definitely do differently if I thought it was just a suggestion. I do think mid-year, they are more relaxed with things because they are hoping all the students have caught on to the system.You know it’s weird when they even tell the kids what to label their divider tabs. LOL
Each team creates their supply list together and even tells what tabs will be labeled, so I guess that it’s kind of a bit unreasonable to have one big binder, 20 tab dividers and multiple spiral notebooks (meaning they are all required and told how to assemble them). And yet, of course I know Miranda is fully capable of organizing in a more streamlined way.
The kids are given planners on the first day of school, too. So to me, it seems like they want the planner to go to every class and a small stash of supplies to every class in its own binder to keep it neat and all together and that makes sense I guess and is different than past years where the kids just hand carried their planners and a pencil pouch for example, but the extra individual binders just seems overkill because I’m trying to sort out exactly how they come into play.
I guess returned homework, notes and quizzes/tests storage? Because if the additional binder is what comes home and the additional binder doesn’t require folders or tabs, it just doesn’t seem ideal or make sense to bring it home except for the fact that the planner is in it! Or homework like you said. I’m so confused. LOL She could end up having all the binders coming home!
I’m guessing they identified organization as a barrier to learning success because they do not let the kids organize it as they see fit (for example folders and dividers and one giant multi-divided spiral notebook or any of the other options out there). But what they’ve created as a system isn’t making sense to me when it comes down to the sheer amount of binders, etc.
High school, anything goes (although they provide planners there, too except last year they said nope, we are not giving them freely this year, but they are still available for sale). Middle school has always been like this, but this additional binder is a new thing. I am very happy with how they provide planners beginning in 6th grade. It is very helpful to teach the kids to use one. They aren’t really walking far to classes, so two binders isn’t horribly inconvenient, but it does seem excessive to me especially when it comes time to bringing them home. Picturing small kids trying to manage bulky binders. LOL I picture Miranda crying that everything doesn’t fit in her backpack.
Here’s a funny example of why I think this is even crazier than what I’ve already mentioned…
Okay she has one teacher for 2 classes in the same classroom and they are both English-related classes. Two binders required.
Then she has two different teachers for Social Studies 1 binder. But has two different teachers for Math and requires 2 binders.
Anyway so I asked Ally now that she’s older, what she thinks it means with the extra binder. She said homework and planner. I said okay but then let’s say she takes notes that day in English and has a test coming up. She will take home the additional binder AND the English binder. I mean picture 3 classes having homework one evening. 3 textbooks, 4 binders??? I mean come on!
Ally’s response was this…so you’re seeing why I would often not have the binder I needed and it was left at school when I was in middle school. (And she didn’t even have the extra binder) I laughed and said good excuse, missy. LOL She said it was always a mad dash for the bus and oops I grabbed the wrong binder! She said even worse for 6th grade because they’re upstairs and that bus doesn’t wait!
Zach’s response is, I put all my stuff in my locker and then take everything from my locker home every single night. End of story. He then said he pulls the important stuff from his binders and places it into an accordion file , so he doesn’t have to gather and organize things for tests. This was his system within their system since 6th grade.
I fully expect Miranda to miss the bus often in the first couple of weeks. Ally did A LOT. It got to the point we drove her both ways. My point being, I do not think their system is a good one or I just am a control freak that wants something easier. LOL But I’m just a mom wondering how this is supposed to be a positive. LOL
And guess who sent a supply list at 5pm the day before school starts? Matt’s teacher.
I do have this very cute double binder on a strap. I will probably have her use this as her additional binder, so she can easily grab it and sling it on her shoulder like a purse. I’m going to put pocket tab dividers in it, her supplies and I can fit a multi-subject notebook and let her organize things that way. Then she can tell me if she wants folders for it later. She can carry the individual binders as required in-school to class, but use her additional binder as an all in one binder for home! Otherwise, life is just crazy! Sorry for the rambling. I’ve gone through this for so many years, but the new binder has thrown me right off!!!