I had a request to share how I set up my communication notebooks so here it is!
Many teachers use composition notebooks for this but I feel like that you are left with a half empty notebook at the end of the year. I decided to go with folders. I bought a gray sturdy plastic folder for each of my students (and a few extras). I printed out a cute label that has each students number in the corner.
I found this daily progress report here (it's in the download cafe under classroom management - this one is report 2 I think) and whited out the home learning pieces (I don't plan on giving homework). You can't read it in the picture but it has a checklist for amount of work completed, quality of work, and behavior. I LOVE how simple it is! I copied it double sided with lined paper so when I open the notebook the checklist is on one side, and there is paper for extra notes on the other side.
Everyday, I can quickly check off how the students day was. I can write a short note too, like "100% on the spelling test!". If there are any meltdowns or big problems, I would write that on the lined side soon after the incident (so it's not all left for the end of the day). I'm also attaching a ziplock in the front for field trip or lunch money.
I just finished setting up my teacher binders so I'll be sharing that with you soon! Stay tuned!!