Hey, everybody! School has started, and this was my first full week. Emphasis on the word FULL! Ha! In my class we’re still focusing on learning our routines and procedures so the rest of the year (fingers crossed) runs smoothly.
Keep It Simple
I’ve organized my students into groups for guided reading, which I hope to begin in earnest next week. Of course, as I get to know my students better and as they grow in their reading ability, these groups will change. One thing I’ve learned is the importance of being organized, but not being complicated. You want something that is efficient and sustainable over a long school year. This simple 3-column chart below is what I use to keep track of my students in their guided reading groups.
I cut up white sticky notes into a size that will allow me to fit 2-columns of students in each group. I once saw a photo of another teacher’s chart, but she color-coordinated her sticky notes with the group color. It sure looked pretty, but I didn’t want to have to spend time making another sticky note when a student changed groups. That’s me keeping it simple. I printed my chart on white card stock (love that stuff), and laminated it ‘cuz that’s one of the perks of being a teacher – lamination!
I attached adhesive magnetic strips to the back so I can keep it mounted to my dry erase board next to where I teach my groups. Remember to create some extra blank sticky notes so when you get a new student (like I did this week!), you’re ready to go. Should you have a student drop, just hide their sticky note on the back. That way, if they return, you’ve saved yourself a few seconds of time. Those can add up!
Click on the link below to download this reading groups chart for your own use. Happy teaching!