Tuesday, February 8, 2011

FREEBIE: Day Eight

How do I love thee?  With Organization...Oh, Boy!!  Easy to say... tough to do.  I have to work at being organized because it is not in my DNA. Last year I really struggled to "keep it together" when it came to my guided reading materials.  However this year, I whipped out my Debbie Diller book (Spaces and Places) and got my ducks-in-a-row. 

Here is my small group area:

On top of the shelf with drawers: Each group has their own drawer (see pictures below for drawer contents).

Middle shelf:  My classroom library is massive and students can borrow books from there, but I like them to have several books in their "take-home" book bag that is on their reading level.  So in addition to the book they do with me in our small group, they self-select another book from one of these three bins.

Bottom shelf: Bin for my small group math lessons.
Blue tub: White board, markers, magnetic letters (in the fishing tackle container).

Each drawer has that week's guided reading books in them (3-4 book sets).  I also keep that group's conferring notes in the drawer.  One sheet usually lasts me 1-2 weeks (5-6 lessons).

Conferring notes can be tricky.  I have created a conferring notes form that may help you.  This is really designed around the emergent reader... but you can get the idea.

Here is your FREEBIE:


  1. Thank you for the reading tips! I am desperately trying to get my 'act' together this year, as I have been out of kindergarten for 4 years, yikes!!!

  2. I read that book last year and I am so glad I did. I ended up moving my whole guided reading area and really loved the organization tools she gave.

  3. I really like the way your conferring notes are layed out - thank you for sharing this!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your conferring notes form! I certainly like it better than my notebook paper on a clipboard!Being new to blogging, I am amazed at the generosity of so many wonderful teachers! I'm becoming addicted quickly.

  5. Thanks for this conferring notes form..I am starting today w/ groups and I was looking for a compact way to organize the kids. Much appreciated! :)


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