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If you don’t do anything else before the school year starts, I encourage you to at least develop behavior management plans for your students. (and your sanity!) When kids know their boundaries and that they will be rewarded for following the expectations a healthy classroom environment is born.

5 Behavior Management Plans to develop- whole group, small group, and individual behavior plans

But, I definitely hope you do way more than just develop behavior management plans. You need to make sure to decide how you are going to set up and organize your classroom. I wrote a free ecourse that allows you to develop a plan for classroom organization in a week!

You’ll also want to make sure that you develop plans for routines so that you are prepared when those little munchkins come skipping (or crying) into your classroom in August.


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A behavior management plan is more than telling kids they are doing a good job and calling their name out loud when they are not following the rules.

A healthy behavior management plan involves mostly positive rewards and incentives paired with an understanding of the expectations. When those expectations are not followed, a consequence is given. We must make sure our students know what their boundaries are and that they see consequences when they cross them.

5 Behavior Management Plans to develop- whole group, small group, and individual behavior plans

(Obviously consequences aren’t for every.single.time. a kid makes a mistake, they are kids! But you know when a student is being defiant versus making a genuine mistake.)

Types of Behavior Management Plans

I believe in developing a plan for different behavior management plans. This doesn’t mean I use all of them at the same time (or even during the school year at all.) But it is important to have a plan in place before the school year starts so that when instances arise, you are prepared.

Whole Group Plan

This is a behavior management plan that rewards the whole group for good decisions, staying on task, and following directions. We must teach our kids how to work as a team and to help each other. When kids know they are accountable for the whole groups reward, there is more ownership in their behavior.

My favorite whole group management system is a marble jar. The class can earn multiple marbles at a time for choices that they are making. I add extra lines on the marble jar so that they can get rewards throughout the process.

5 Behavior Management Plans to develop- whole group, small group, and individual behavior plans

It’s important to keep this POSITIVE so I try to refrain from removing marbles unless I say something to my students like “I have 6 marbles here that you can earn during this lesson, but if you talk without raising your hand, I can take a marble away.” This way the expectations are set and if they don’t meet them, they see the consequence of their action.

You can also do things like a paper link chain, a brownie points pan, or adding letters to a “secret word” to foster engagement in positive choices.

Small Group Plan

This is a management plan developed to hold small groups or teams accountable. The first team to get their table picked up quietly and quickly earns a point. The most important point I want to make is that teams do not compete against each other but instead compete against themselves.

When I use this management plan, I am always intentional about finding something worth rewarding from even the WORST table! It is also important that once a team reaches the “goal amount” of points starts over, not the entire class. Because this is a small group management plan, other teams should not be held accountable or lose their rewards because another team has already met their goal.

Individual Plan

An individual behavior management plan is a positive reward system for when the student does something worth being recognized for. To me, this is the most important management plan to establish because it is a very visual way to reward kids for positive choices and remind other students that meeting expectations earns rewards.

I have always used a classroom economic system as my individual behavior management plan. You can read more about it on my Classroom Economic System post. In that blog I share about where that idea came from, how to implement an economic system, and how to manage it.

5 Behavior Management Plans to develop- whole group, small group, and individual behavior plans

Other individual management plans involve tickets that can be traded in for rewards and class dojo. The most important part of rewarding students individually is to be consistent and to verbally praise them for their choice and give them their tangible reward (money, ticket, point, etc.)

Also, not EVERY time a kid raises their hand needs to be rewarded. At the beginning of the year, YES! Do it ALLLLLL day long. But as the year progresses it is okay to back off a bit and allow kids the opportunity to make wise choices even if they aren’t receiving a reward.

Individual Plan for Challenging Students

Some years you will have some extra tough kids where the simple “great job, friend, here is your sticker” won’t work. In those situations you need to develop a more in depth plan for them. This is usually something I plan out all the details for when I actually need it. But the rough draft always involves a very scheduled out reward system

5 Behavior Management Plans to develop- whole group, small group, and individual behavior plans

These students need to be praised and rewarded FREQUENTLY! Sometimes multiple times a day. You can read more about the plans I developed for my challenging students this past year in my post on management tips for challenging students.

One thing I have always wanted to try and keep forgetting about in the hustle and bustle of the school year.

Love this idea! Pull a name from the Mystery Hero jar. Don't say their name, but let kids know you are watching your Mystery Hero. If the Mystery Hero does a good job reward them, and if they aren't on their best behavior just say to the class that the Mystery Hero needs to try harder. Don't call the student out or let students know who it was.

I have had friends use this and I think it is an AMAZING idea. Each morning one students stick is placed in the mystery student jar, at the end of the day if that student has made good choices they will be rewarded. If not, then their name is put back into the jar of sticks for a chance another day.

Class Meetings

Another way to foster positive behavior within the classroom is to incorporate class meetings.

I would recommend the book “Positive Discipline In the Classroom.” They break down step by step how to begin class meetings. Some of the projects are too much for younger grades (at least in my opinion) and have to be modified, but the messages behind them are important.

I conduct weekly class meetings. I try to do 2-3 a week in addition to a team builder or class builder on the other days. It is important to me that my students feel connected to the other members in their class and by sharing their highs and lows, feelings, and struggles connection is formed and trust is built.

5 Behavior Management Plans to develop- whole group, small group, and individual behavior plans

My friends Courtney and Tiffany from Mustard Seed Teaching write about The Fellowship of the Classroom and how class meetings are worked into that. They even show a video of how they work.


What are you planning on doing for your behavior management plans this year? I still want to do my money management system but “Jackson Bucks” don’t sound as alliterate as “Buchtien Bucks” so I am on the quest for a new name……..

My new ebook that launched last Saturday has a whole chapter dedicated to this topic of behavior management plans. You can click the link below to grab you own copy! I also write about time management, laying out a classroom, decorating a classroom, and much more!

Want classroom organization help? Be sure to fill out the form to schedule a time for me to come help you in your classroom!

Until next time,

 

 

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First Year Teacher: Classroom Routines to Plan for http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/first-year-teacher-classroom-routines/ http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/first-year-teacher-classroom-routines/#respond Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:00:52 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1862 Kids CRAVE routine. They need it and they want it. Don’t believe me? Give your students a free day and see how crazy it is. When kids have classroom routines and stability behavior is better and thus learning is increased! This post may contain affiliate links. That just means that if you purchase something using a link…

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Kids CRAVE routine. They need it and they want it. Don’t believe me? Give your students a free day and see how crazy it is. When kids have classroom routines and stability behavior is better and thus learning is increased!

Establishing classroom routines for a first year teacher


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As soon as I graduated college I was accepted into The Teacher Fellows Program at Texas State University. This program allowed me to complete my first year of teaching while earning my masters all in one year.

One class required us to develop a plan for our classroom. It was like my bible during my first year of teaching. I still have my Classroom Management Plan binder but I glance at it less and less each year. (Which is good that I don’t need it as much, but a glance through it each year is always really refreshing!)

Within this binder we developed all sorts of plans and goals for the upcoming year. One section was devoted completely to classroom routines. Things like morning and afternoon routines, pencil sharpening, bathroom expectations, etc.

Unfortunately, I don’t think many new teachers stop to think about all of those things before the school year starts. We get so caught up in laying out and decorating our classroom that we forget to be intentional about setting routines.

Classroom Routines to Plan for:

These are some routines that are VITAL for planning out before the school year starts. I’ll give you a few of my ideas, but mainly I will ask you questions to get you thinking about them!

Morning Routines:

What will the kids do when they enter your classroom each morning? I suggest something other than “read a book.” Are there stem activities they can do? I used these writing prompts 2-3 days a week along with centers on the other days.

Establishing classroom routines for a first year teacher

Afternoon Routines:

How will the kids know it’s time to leave? When will you write notes in folders, pass out papers, give homework, etc.? This is THE MOST stressful time of the day for me and usually the time of day where I lose my cool. I know this from experience so I make sure to give myself ample time (10-15 minutes in 2nd grade) for kids to pack up and do their classroom job so I am not rushing.

Establishing classroom routines for a first year teacher

What will you do once kids are packed up and ready to go? If there is time left over, a chapter book read aloud is always a calm way to end the day

Bathroom

Will you allow kids to go to the bathroom whenever? How do they signal to you when they need to go? Will they take a pass? I don’t let mine take the pass to the bathroom…waaaaayyyyy too gross. I have my students put the pass on their desk so that thing doesn’t get all nasty in the bathroom.

Pencil Sharpening

The bane of every teacher…The pencil sharpener.

I refuse to let kids sharpen pencils during the day. One student’s job is to sharpen them at the end of the day and we have a tray they can get sharpened pencils from. In years past I have put mini sharpeners at each desk for them to use if absolutely necessary.

One year, pencils were such an issue that I made a pencil chart and they had to use only the pencils in their pocket….

Establishing classroom routines for a first year teacher

Student Materials

Community or individual supplies? Where will you store them? How will students get the materials if they are not stored at their desk?

Establishing classroom routines for a first year teacher

I prefer community supplies and house them all in the red cabinets in the back of my room. The “Team Captain” is the one who gets the materials for the team each day and returns them when we are done with them.

Turning in Papers

How will you manage students turning in their papers and then grading them? How will you get student work back to them to be corrected or when it is graded?

Establishing classroom routines for a first year teacher

Make a plan for this…Or else you’ll end up like me and send home papers two times a year (Christmas break and EOY….)

Teaching Classroom Routines

Once you have planned out all of your routines, you need to make a plan for teaching them.

I am a big supporter of spending the first week establishing and reinforcing routines. Yes, academics should most definitely be mixed in there but it is more of a review than new content.

Every year I give my kids a scavenger hunt on the first day of school. I place numbers all around the room so that they will go to each of the important areas (pencil sharpener, bathroom passes, material boxes, computers, etc.). After they are done scavenger-ing, I walk through each area with them and explain the routines and my expectations

I don’t always go into depth on all of them because that is too much for the first day. But I will at least explain that “this is where you will find your classroom job and we will get our first jobs next week” and talk more about that then.

Establishing classroom routines for a first year teacher

Then, throughout the week when I see students practicing the routines correctly, I reward them with a “Buchtien Buck.” They get positive reinforcement for their behavior and it also allows me to set expectations for and teach about my positive behavior plan.


Whatever routines you decide to establish or how you choose to do them is up to you. Most important is that you plan for these routines. If you are like me, you can’t get into your classroom right now. Use this time of waiting to plan out all of your routines.

There is a whole chapter in my ebook dedicated to routines. I write about many more routines as well as provide more detailed ideas of how to plan for these routines.

The book releases this Saturday (July 15th) sign up to get more info below!

Want classroom organization help? Be sure to fill out the form to schedule a time for me to come help you in your classroom!

Until next time,

 

 

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First Year Teacher: Setting Up a Classroom http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/setting-up-classroom/ http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/setting-up-classroom/#respond Tue, 04 Jul 2017 12:59:00 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1843 I am so excited about this upcoming series. I have gone back and forth a dozen times on what to blog about this summer, especially considering I am not at school and don’t have any “new material” coming into mind. But one of my passions is helping out teachers, specifically new teachers who are trying…

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I am so excited about this upcoming series. I have gone back and forth a dozen times on what to blog about this summer, especially considering I am not at school and don’t have any “new material” coming into mind. But one of my passions is helping out teachers, specifically new teachers who are trying to figure it all out. That’s why this month I will be blogging about setting up a classroom, with first year teachers in mind!

First Year Teacher: Setting Up a Classroom

But before we get into all that…how’s everyone’s summer going? I feel like it’s really easy for me to tell people “oh my summer’s been good. It’s been busy, but good.”

And while that is all true, I think it’s important to not always default to the “standard answer.”

My summer has been busy, but I was thinking last night about the word “full.” Full would be a better word. Last summer I had so many things I wanted to do but no motivation to do them. So I just ended up sitting around feeling pity about all this I needed to do on my summer break but not enough time or motivation to get it all done.

I promised myself that this summer that would not be the case. Even though I am trying to plan a wedding amidst doing all the things I had planned on doing back before we got engaged. It’s safe to say this summer has an even longer to-do list. But my priority has been to just have peace throughout everything I do. If all I have motivation for is to lay on the couch and watch Netflix, I don’t beat myself up over it because my priority is rest and sometimes blogging is “rest” to me but sometimes a long nap is what I need.

How about you? Any deep thoughts this summer?


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So that was a random tangent I got on…Let’s move forward.

This week we are going to talk about setting up a classroom. Any teacher can use this “method” but in a different order just because they already have a classroom versus a new teacher walking into a brand new classroom.

How exciting! Congratulations to the new teacher getting ready to move into their brand new classroom and set up for their very first year.

Setting Up a Classroom

I thought I’d list these items in “steps.” That is what works in my brain so hopefully it translates well and makes sense to you

1.Organize things at home- I know that you have been collecting things over the summer and filling up your amazon cart with plenty of goodies for your new classroom. Do yourself a favor and organize them BEFORE you move them. Get a few boxes and put all your desk supplies in one box, all your library books in another box, classroom materials in a different box. This will help you when you get to step number three.

Setting Up a Classroom for First Year Teachers

Setting Up a Classroom for First Year Teachers

2. Layout the room first- To me, it makes sense to start with the “biggest” things first. So that’s why I say to layout your room first, specifically your big areas. Before you even start bringing boxes into your room- lay it out. Make sure to start with your 3 key areas (whole group area, classroom library, and small group area). Once you have those figured out, place your desks where you want them (I encourage you to set them up in groups of 4 for cooperative learning.)

Setting Up a Classroom for First Year Teachers

Setting Up a Classroom for First Year Teachers

(Please forgive me. I know the picture quality on these photos is quite terrible. But in all fairness, I took these with my iPhone 4 in 2012 when I had no idea I would ever be writing a blog that people actually read….)

3. Fill up your cabinets- This is when you will bring all those boxes from home that are organized and unpack them into cabinets that will be organized by like things. You can read more about how I organize my cabinets by like things. 

Setting Up a Classroom for First Year Teachers

I know that you will be tempted to skip this step in favor of getting your room all cutesy-fied. I promise you we will get there! But do this first!!!! Why?? It is tempting to come straight into a new room and put every pinterest pin into action and make your room look and feel at home (it’s important that you do that!). But then, you spend so much time with that and all the sudden it’s then 3 hours till Meet the Teacher Night and you have seven boxes of stuff that you are going to shove in your cabinets so no one sees them. Once the school year starts I promise you, you will not have time to organize them so then it just becomes a jumbled mess that gets more and more disorganized as the year goes on.

Avoid that chaos and do this step first, and I promise it will help you in the long run! 

4. Decorate your room- YAY! Now to the fun part!!! Get your pinterst board pulled up, start working on all those projects and make your classroom look and feel like home. You need and your kids need it. I would go so far to say that your kid’s parents need it to. 

Setting Up a Classroom for First Year Teachers

Setting Up a Classroom for First Year Teachers

Time Management

I’m not sure how long you have in your classroom to set up. I have usually only had about a week before PD starts. Some of my friends have access to their classroom all summer. Pros and cons to both.

Either way, you need to be very intentional with your time. As a teacher I have found that I am very scatter brained. I will start organizing one cabinet and need to go in that box to get out this thing but then I find that thing that goes in that cabinet and then all the sudden I’ve spent thirty minutes on the other side of the room starting a totally new project.

Don’t do that!

Setting Up a Classroom for First Year Teachers

I’ve started setting timers. Sometimes even for just fifteen minute increments. I will organize cabinet A until that timer is off and then I will take a break or move to a new cabinet. This is especially important to do when you are decorating because it is SO easy to get side tracked while doing that.


You may have noticed that throughout this entire blog post have been random words bolded in blue. That’s because I have SO much more to tell you on those specific topics.

I have written an ebook “The Simply Organized Classroom: Your Complete Guide to Classroom Organization and Management.” There is a WHOLE chapter dedicated to first year teachers. But also a lot of other chapters on topics listed in bold blue.

If you want to get your copy then click the image below. You’ll be taken to a page with way more info about the book and have the opportunity to buy your own copy.

Want classroom organization help? Be sure to fill out the form to schedule a time for me to come help you in your classroom!

Until next time,

 

 

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Classroom Organization Ecourse- A free ecourse designed for YOU! http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/classroom-organization-ecourse-blog/ http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/classroom-organization-ecourse-blog/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:00:22 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1821 This has been a busy summer. I had all these grand plans of doing so much blog stuff and between the wedding and the naps…I’ve just been struggling. But have no fear! Last week I hopped onto facebook and asked you all what the biggest struggle was when it came to classroom organization routines. And…

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This has been a busy summer. I had all these grand plans of doing so much blog stuff and between the wedding and the naps…I’ve just been struggling.

But have no fear! Last week I hopped onto facebook and asked you all what the biggest struggle was when it came to classroom organization routines. And thus….the Creating and Sticking to Classroom Organization Routines was created.

Free classroom organization ecourse on creating and sticking to classroom organization routines


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In full disclosure, I published that post on facebook with three options. 1. laying out the classroom 2. managing student materials and 3. creating and sticking to organization routines. I threw that last option on there because I knew I needed a third option. I already had plans for option 1 and 2.

And I was sure y’all’d pick option 1 or 2.

Nope…Option 3

I had NOTHING for creating and sticking to organization routines. Like literally…no ideas.

I spent a day or so mulling over the idea of it and what how I could support you on creating an organized classroom through a series of emails.

Classroom Organization Ecourse

This free ecourse was developed specifically for you. A few other followers chimed in and said that option 1 and 2 were a struggle for them so I worked to intertwine them all together.

And what’dyaknow?!?! It worked!

This classroom organization ecourse is a series of 5 emails spread out over the course of a week. All you have to do is sign up and it will pop right into your inbox each day.

Within each email I give you some practical steps to do and think about in order to create an organized classroom.

There is also a workbook that accompanies the course to help you write your thoughts, questions, and ideas.

Free classroom organization ecourse on creating and sticking to classroom organization routines

 

Creating and Sticking to Classroom Organization Routines Ecourse

Interested? I’d love for you to sign up. All you have to do is type in your email address, click subscribe, and you are in!!!

(Not true, you will have to fill out a bit more info and confirm your email, but it’ll be quick!)



It’s free, so what do you have to lose?

Along with the classroom organization ecourse and workbook, I’ll be on The Simply Organized Teacher facebook page answering questions, providing feedback, and supporting you as you work through this journey.


I hope you are having a great summer and enjoying some quality time with those you love, curled up on the couch with some good books!

Stay up to date with my upcoming ebook by signing up here! Just click the image below.

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Until next time,

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6 Must Read Books for the Teachers This Summer http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/teacher-books/ http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/teacher-books/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:00:16 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1745 Hey Teacher Friend, I hope you are sitting next to a pool somewhere with a tasty beverage in hand while you are reading this post. If not, get there! You deserve it! I also hope that you have a nice selection of books piled up next to you. My two favorite things about summer are:…

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Hey Teacher Friend,

I hope you are sitting next to a pool somewhere with a tasty beverage in hand while you are reading this post. If not, get there! You deserve it!

I also hope that you have a nice selection of books piled up next to you. My two favorite things about summer are:

1.Time to Read

2.Netflix

Although number 2 is tied with sleeping in and not having to wear make up!

I hope that you are not spending too much time doing school stuff. But, if I know you, I’m sure you have a few things in mind to work on this summer. I shared all about my summer plans for an ebook last week. But this week I wanted to share a few teacher books that I have read and recommend to add to your reading literature for this summer.

Summer Book Reads: Teacher Edition

Teacher Books to Read

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1. Teacher Misery  by Jane Morris- Oh my! This book was a HILARIOUS read. The author writes under a pseudo-name about all of the crazy things she encounters from students, parents,and admin at her high school. But, beware, this book is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of language and perhaps a bit of negativity in this book.

Summer Book Reads for Teachers

 

2.  I Am a Pencil by Sam Swope- I read this book a couple of summers ago. It is written by a teacher who looped with his kids from third grade until fifth. He writes about he encouraged his students to become better writers. It was really encouraging, although not many of us get the opportunity to spend that much time with a group of kids. But man, what if we did? Think of all the amazing things you could do with them!

Summer Book Reads for Teachers

3. The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller- I also read this book two summers ago and I still think about it to this day. I need to go back and reread it because she does an amazing job of giving her kids of a love of reading. It is so easy to get stuck in the routine of telling kids what level they are and having them read from that selection of books. I know I am guilty of limiting my kids when going to the classroom library.

Summer Book Reads- Teacher Edition

Fun Books to Read

If you are anything like me, you probably want to read some books that let you escape into another world. I have a whole list of books I read last year on my personal blog, Kelly Michelle Blog, along with my ratings for each book. But here are a couple of my favorites:

1. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult- OMG. Any of her books are amazing. But this one was especially good. The setting is an elephant sanctuary. I learned a lot about elephants and the gentle giants that they are. (And I may or may not have tried to convince Cody that we need to give money to support elephant sanctuaries…) The main character is a young girl who mysteriously loses her mother and seeks to find out what happened to her. Read this, you won’t be disappointed!

Summer Book Reads- Teacher Edition

 

2. The Nightengale by Kristen Hannah- This book has been going around for a while now but I can recommend it wholeheartedly. It was hard for me to get into at the beginning, but once I got in, I was hooked!  This story takes place during World War II as the Germans are invading France and a young girl works to save children from the terrors of the war.

Summer Book Reads: Teacher Edition

3. Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller- I am currently in the middle of this one but I am LOVING it! I don’t think I have ever highlighted/underlined so much as I have in the first three chapters of this book. It is important to note that this is a Christian book and written about the importance of the Sabbath. But oh man is this book convicting me in ways that I need it!

Summer Reads: Teacher Edition


What books are you reading this summer? I’d love to know! Leave a comment below with any teacher books or pleasure books you are diving into this summer!

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Summer Book Reads: Teacher Edition

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Last Day of School Fun + Summer Plans http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/end-of-year-party/ http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/end-of-year-party/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:00:43 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1743 Hooray! Summer is officially here! I have been kind of MIA the last couple weeks…Apparently this summer thing has really got me worn out. In all reality, the start of summer greeted me with probably the worst case of strep throat I have ever endured. I was knocked out for a good four days before…

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Hooray! Summer is officially here! I have been kind of MIA the last couple weeks…Apparently this summer thing has really got me worn out.

Last Day of School Party Ideas

In all reality, the start of summer greeted me with probably the worst case of strep throat I have ever endured. I was knocked out for a good four days before finally feeling like myself again. Wedding planning has kept me busy and this past weekend we celebrated the marriage of Cody’s Dad and step-mom.

Celebrating the marriage of Dale and Janet

I’m back today to write about our End of Year Party (which…teaser! Was the EASIEST and CALMEST EOY party I have ever had!) and share about what I have in store for you this summer.

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End of Year Party

The last day of school was only 12 days ago but I am really having to go back in my memory to flesh out all the details. #summerprobs

I wrote a whole blog post on end of year party ideas at the beginning of May. Our team decided to do a “Popcorn and Pajama Party” mainly because our activity fund had all of $11 in it and we had already asked parents for money a couple times this year so the cheapest thing we could come up with was popcorn, pajamas, and a movie. But it was a hit!

I greeted the almost third graders with a fun door decoration that I literally grabbed out of the recycle bin and whipped up the afternoon before.

End of School Year Party: Door Decoration

My kiddos worked on a “Second Grade Superpowers” packet that allowed them to reflect on this past years friends, memories, lessons, and their goals for next year.

End of School Year Party: Morning Work

At the beginning of the year I always read “First Day Jitters” which would mean that I should probably read “Last Day Blues” but instead I read “You Are My Wonders” which is a book depicting the relationship between students and their teacher. You’d think that it’s teachers giving to kids all year long but in reality our kids give so much to us!

End of School Year Party: Last Day Read Aloud

Then it was time for our Popcorn and Pajama Party. We moved all the desks out of the way and set up the chairs “theater style.” The kids got super excited about this. I also let them take their shoes off.

And apparently no shoes + empty space in the back of the room = a great opportunity to run and slide in your socks.

End of School Year Party: Popcorn and Pajama Party

I popped some popcorn and we had ourselves a party.

End of School Year Party: Popcorn Party

Of course after the movie was over we still had a couple hours to go, but luckily by this point I was only left with 8 kiddos. So we spent some time outside, ate lunch, and watched another movie because IT’S THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

End of School Year Party

Oh! And I also won the “Most Organized Classroom” award at school, which wasn’t really all that surprising but makes me feel like I now have some credibility to this whole “The Simply Organized Teacher” Blog.


I wish I had some fun pictures to show you what I have been up to this summer. But like I said at the beginning, my first four days of summer looked a lot like this:

Summer Plans For The Blog

So now that we are knee deep in summer, I wanted to share a little bit of what I have planned for The Simply Organized Teacher. If you are on my newsletter, you already know that I have been struggling with some motivation.

(If you are not on my email list, sign up here to be the first to know about what’s going on and be in the know on behind the scenes stuff!).

I had a lot of really big goals for this summer that included an ebook and an online course on classroom organization. I have decided that both are too much to undertake along with posting on the blog consistently, planning a wedding, and enjoying a summer break.

All that to say, I will be publishing my own book on Classroom Organization and Management. I am currently calling it “The Simply Organized Classroom: Your Complete Guide to Classroom Organization and Management.”

I am planning to launch it at the beginning of July. But if you would like to get a FREE early copy in exchange for a review and helping me promote it, please click here and I will send you a copy! 🙂

Action Items

1. Sign up for my email newsletter for all things The Simply Organized Teacher and receive access to The Organizer’s Bin as a thank you for joining my email list!

2. Sign up to receive updates about my upcoming ebook.

3. Sign up to receive your free copy of the ebook in exchange for a review!

4. Sign up to receive in person classroom organization support from me! This summer is a great time to reorganize your classroom and I would LOVE to help you!

Until next time,

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Creative (and simple!) Anchor Chart Ideas You’ll Love! http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/anchor-charts/ http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/anchor-charts/#respond Tue, 30 May 2017 07:00:23 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1702 Life has been super crazy lately, so I decided to hop on this week and feature one of my colleagues and the great things she is doing in her room- especially her anchor chart ideas! Holly and I have worked together for the past four years. We started out in third grade together and have…

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Anchor Chart Ideas

Life has been super crazy lately, so I decided to hop on this week and feature one of my colleagues and the great things she is doing in her room- especially her anchor chart ideas! Holly and I have worked together for the past four years. We started out in third grade together and have now taught in second for the past three years.

BUT, before we jump in. Can I ask you to do me a favor?!?! In June I will be posting a blog featuring YOUR management and organization questions. If you have any questions you’d like featured on the blog, click here OR email me at kelly@thesimplyorganizedteacher.com 


Holly and I have always joked about going into business together- I’d be the organizer and she’d be the decorator. She loves to create a warm and welcoming environment in her room…I mean just look at how cozy this couch is!

Classroom library- warm and cozy library area to foster great reading!

She also does an amazing job of making anchor charts. I walk by her room a dozen times a day and I always peek in her room. There have been many a day when I walk by and see an anchor chart she has up in display and then I think “oh duh…I should have totally made an anchor chart for this lesson” and I run back into my room and whip up a chart real quick.

Side story: I have this very vivid memory of being in this undergrad class that I thought was pointless (I can’t remember what class it was)… Anyways, I had to present some project on something and I remember I kept hearing this elusive term “anchor chart” but had no idea what it was…I had speculation that it was a chart that went up on the wall but why an “anchor” chart??? Anyways, I BSed my way through this presentation talking about anchor charts with really no idea of what they exactly were.

So any of you college people reading this that don’t know what an anchor chart is…it’s a chart you make with your students when teaching a lesson to “anchor” their learning. 

Holly, like me, is a part of the Dual Language Program so we teach Math and ELA two times a day…which means that we usually have two anchor charts for each lesson. But Holly does a really good job of making her anchor charts reusable. She even will save some of them from year to year.

Anchor Chart Ideas

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As I’ve talked about on the blog plenty of times before, our campus has been trained by Debbie Diller for the past three years, so a lot of Holly’s anchor charts come from Debbie’s book, Growing Independent Learners.

Multiplication Strategies Anchor Chart- 2nd grade math

This is the most recent chart I have copied from Holly. Simple, to the point, and shows multiple (HAH! See what I did there?!?) strategies for students to use.

Nouns and verbs anchor chart. This is a great review activity at the beginning of the year

Holly did this anchor chart at the beginning of the year and it has stayed up all year. It is a great way to review nouns, verbs, and adjectives (not pictured) at the beginning of second grade. The kids drew a picture of a noun or verb and then wrote a sentence using the appropriate noun or verb.

Writing anchor chart for second grade

Small Moment writing- This is a favorite for our second grade team. The idea is to think of “watermelon stories.” Big things that have happened like a trip, a holiday, or a birthday. Then you find one “seed” or “small moment” within that big item and write specifically about that. It helps narrow down the focus of the story and allow opportunity for more detail.

(I did this one with my kids a little later in the year so it was fall time. We did “pumpkin stories” since pumpkins were all around us!)

AM and PM anchor chart

Holly introduced me to the wonder that is Amy Lemons! This is an anchor chart from Amy’s time unit and it does a GREAT job of depicting how AM and PM work because AM doesn’t always mean “morning” and PM doesn’t always mean “night.”

Procedural Text anchor chart

This is a great example of how Holly creates one anchor chart that can be used over and over. I love how she uses sticky notes for each of her classes and then makes new stickys with her next class.

Informational Text anchor chart

Here is another DD anchor chart on informational text. It does a great job of helping to identify the main idea and details.

clean desk anchor chart

Also, this is amazing and I NEED this in my life!

Final Words

The most important thing to making an anchor chart is allowing the kids to make it with you. I often create the outline of the anchor chart beforehand but leave blanks for kids to help me create the chart. I know where I want the anchor chart to end up but I guide the kids into helping me get there!

Also, here is how Holly stores her anchor charts. She laminates ones she wants to keep from year to year, wraps them up and puts a paperclip with a label on them to help her identify which chart is which.

Anchor Chart storage ideas


This summer I’ll be offering an online ecourse on classroom organization and management! It will be 4 weeks (during July) with weekly online meetups where I share tips about classroom management and organization AND answer YOUR questions! Interested? I’d love to have you join us! Click the box below to sign up for more info.

Classroom Organization ecourse

As always, feel free to contact me with questions and support for your classroom organization needs!

Until next time,

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Morning Work: Reader Questions Answered! http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/reader-questions-answered/ http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/reader-questions-answered/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 07:00:05 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1580 I love, love, LOVE helping YOU! It is the whole reason I started The Simply Organized Teacher in the first place. I want to help you be the best teacher you can be. My gifts are classroom organization and management. So that is what I write about. But sometimes, you readers ask me questions and…

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I love, love, LOVE helping YOU! It is the whole reason I started The Simply Organized Teacher in the first place. I want to help you be the best teacher you can be. My gifts are classroom organization and management. So that is what I write about.

But sometimes, you readers ask me questions and look to me for help in a particular area. So when my friend Kathryn reached out to me a few weeks back, I was ecstatic to help her. (I was also sitting in traffic on the way to Houston so she helped pass the time!)

I love Kathryn. We went to college together and knew each other through multiple mutual friends. But she ended up joining the sorority that two of my former roommates were in. We also dated the same guy, so that’s always fun! Oh…NOT at the same time!!!!

We’ve spent a few days together at a bachelorette party as well as lots of time at weddings and wedding festivities. We have spent countless hours “talkin’ shop” (aka school and our annoying amazing students).

This girl has been given some of the most difficult students and faced some serious challenges in her few years of teaching. But I am always amazed at HOW positive she always is.

Okay…now onto the real stuff.

Morning Work Ideas

Reader Question

Kathryn was struggling with how to organize and manage her morning work. She had some specific things she wanted to accomplish during morning work time. But what she was doing wasn’t working or motivating her students so she called me to talk through some ideas.  I think that a lot of times as teachers, all we have to do is talk to other teachers in order to figure out what will work best for our students.

After going back and forth with ideas we settled on a morning work packet. Each week she would prepare a packet of morning work activities for her students to work on throughout the week. But instead of them turning each activity in after they were done, the packet would stay together till the end of the week.

This served a couple of purposes. It kept students from finishing fast and turning papers in and then having nothing to do. (It also kept papers from piling up in the turn in bin.) Now those “fast finishers” had more activities to work on. When they were done with the entire packet they could turn it in and have access to stations or other fun activities. This provided the fast kids with a sponge activity as well as motivate the slower moving students to get their work completed.

We also talked about using a Bingo Chart to motivate students. When they turned in their morning work packet they could put their name on the bingo chart where ever they wanted. On Friday, Kathryn could pull one of the bingo spaces and that student would win a prize.

Morning Work Ideas

What do you do for morning work? I recently started using this See, Think, Wonder, Write activity and I LOVE it! It is minimal prep (cause I have my students just write in their journal) and it gets kids thinking outside of the box.


I loved being able to help Kathryn out and I want to do it more! I have a blog post on the schedule for June that will be full of reader questions and my answers. Do you have any questions you want answered or advice on how to handle something? Send your questions to kelly@thesimplyorganizedteacher.com OR post them in the comment section!

In the mean time, if you would like some classroom organization support as you prepare your classroom for the end of the year, reach out! I’d love to support you!

Until next time,

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Easy End Of Year Classroom Packing List That Will Make Packing A Breeze http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/year-end-classroom-packing-list/ http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/year-end-classroom-packing-list/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 07:00:50 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1586 Another year has flown by and it is time to start thinking about packing up your classroom. As important as it is to ensure that your classroom is organized all year long, I think it is equally important to ensure that your classroom is organized as you pack it up. When you come back at the…

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Another year has flown by and it is time to start thinking about packing up your classroom. As important as it is to ensure that your classroom is organized all year long, I think it is equally important to ensure that your classroom is organized as you pack it up.

When you come back at the start of next year, you want to be able to find everything easily. I suggest packing like things together so that way when you are ready to unpack it, you are doing one “section” at a time. But…I am getting ahead of myself.

Packing up your classroom shouldn't be stressful. This classroom packing list will guide you through the process of packing up for summer!

I’ve put together a checklist of items for you to do as you pack up your classroom for summer. You can grab that checklist here. But you can also read on to see more in depth explanations for each of the areas!

End of Year Classroom Packing List

Packing up your classroom shouldn't be stressful. This classroom packing list will guide you through the process of packing up for summer!

Technology

(3-4 weeks before the last day)

I am a fan of starting with small and manageable things first. So I always start out with cleaning up my technology because it doesn’t take me too long and I can check it off and feel gratified instantly!

I always go through my email inbox and delete any emails that are no longer needed. Parent emails from the previous year get deleted as well. I do save parent emails throughout the following year, just in case anything arisies. It is also important to make sure if you have any serious issues with students or parents and there is any documentation via email, either print that out or save it to your computer so that you have access to it.

Packing up your classroom shouldn't be stressful. This classroom packing list will guide you through the process of packing up for summer!

I also like to clean out the drives on my computer. I go through each folder and delete any items that I don’t need anymore or that aren’t relevant. This way I free up some space for future documents I want to download. Also, GET AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE!!!! You never know what could happen over the summer and you do NOT want to be without your personal files.

Cabinets

(2-3 weeks before the last day)

The next item I move on to is my cabinets. This seems the “next easiest” to me because I can start clearing space to pack up items that are out in my classroom.

I would encourage you to go cabinet by cabinet. If your cabinets are organized how I shared about in my simply organized cabinets post, this should be easy! If your cabinets are not organized by “like things” (read the post to figure out what I am talking about) I would TOTALLY take advantage of this time to do this. (If you are like me, your students are doing a lot of project based activities this time of year so that frees you up with some time to re-organize your cabinets.)

If you are cleaning out your cabinets, make sure to have a “sell,” “donate,” and “trash” pile!

Also, be sure that you have a cabinet to store items that belong to the grade level or school. If you find out over the summer that you are moving, all of these items will be in one spot and you won’t be having to dig through your boxes at the start of a new year to return things that aren’t yours!

Now that your cabinets are consolidated, you can start packing up items into those cabinets (that’s assuming you are staying in your classroom for the next year). For example, my “student cabinet” that is full of student supplies will house station materials over the summer. My “teacher materials” cabinet will store all of my personal picture books that I keep on a separate shelf from my students.

Packing up your classroom shouldn't be stressful. This classroom packing list will guide you through the process of packing up for summer!

If you are taking the time to reorganize your cabinets, I would take the few extra minutes to pull everything out of the shelves and wipe them down with a Clorox wipe. **Great activity for kiddos and they will LOVE it!**

Clear the Walls

(1-2 weeks before the last day)

One of the last things I do is start taking everything off the walls. I wait to do this because it’s when your classroom officially starts looking packed up and you know the end of the year is upon you. I don’t like it because it makes the room feel so empty and sad. It also gives kids the all clear for crazy to ensue because “HELLO the year is pretty much over! My teacher said so because everything is off the walls and we don’t have to learn anymore!”

Any anchor charts worth saving can be stored in a poster container. (I love to give old anchor charts to kids that I know enjoy playing school.)

Pack Up

(1 week before the last day)

Alright folks…This is it! It is now time to officially pack that room up. Hopefully you have been gathering boxes over the last few weeks. I have 5-6 rubbermaid boxes that I keep in my garage until the end of the year. These are sturdy and last for years so I don’t have to search for boxes each year.

As I shared about my cabinets, I always try to pack like things together. I usually have a box for all of my library book and a box that holds all of my decorations. I will put extra station activities into boxes with similar station materials (all the math stuff in one box, daily 5 stuff in another.) Nothing sounds more stressful to me than coming back in August ready to set up my stations and having to look through 5 different boxes to find all the materials.

Packing up your classroom shouldn't be stressful. This classroom packing list will guide you through the process of packing up for summer!

I usually wait till the last day to pack up my desk. We have to empty everything from our desk out, so I put that all in a box together. It is usually the first box to be unpacked in August.

If you have anything important you need to take home over the summer set this aside so that it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

Then once everything is off the walls, your cabinets are full to the brim, and boxes are taped up, move all items to one area of the room. I usually try to do this in my library area so that it is out of the way and not scattered about the room.

As you pack up a box and tape it closed, be sure to add your name and room number so that it knows where to come back to at the end of summer!

Thinking Ahead

Since the end of the year allows you the freedom to be a little more flexible with your time, use this to your advantage! Always use the same “Meet the Teacher” paperwork? Print it out now and put it in a safe spot for next year or take it home to work on it.

I also like to print out my new planner for the new year.

If you have laminating you need to get done do it while the line is short!


This is how I work through the packing up process. Of course, if you are moving classrooms or schools, your process will look a bit different. But regardless, these steps should be easy to follow no matter what room you will be in next year.

Just one tip though…be SURE you are not coming back to that classroom before packing up and moving every item out of that room. I am speaking from experience here…Moving a whole classroom HOME at the beginning of summer to move a whole classroom BACK at the end of summer is NOT fun!

Packing up your classroom shouldn't be stressful. This classroom packing list will guide you through the process of packing up for summer!

Want help getting your classroom organized as you pack up? Shoot me an email, write me a comment, find me on facebook! I’d love to help!

Until next time,

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Your Easy and Stress Free Guide to Guided Reading http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/guided-reading-lesson-plan/ http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/guided-reading-lesson-plan/#respond Tue, 09 May 2017 07:00:59 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1577 Guided reading has always been my least favorite subject to plan for and teach. I feel like in college there is no focus on guided reading yet it is a HUGE component of an elementary classroom. Why is that? I have no idea. But it is a common sentiment me and many of my peers…

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Guided reading has always been my least favorite subject to plan for and teach. I feel like in college there is no focus on guided reading yet it is a HUGE component of an elementary classroom. Why is that? I have no idea. But it is a common sentiment me and many of my peers agree with.

Guided Reading Lesson Plan guide. This post helps you organized your guided reading lesson plans efficiently and effectively.

I think part of the reason I have always hated guided reading so much is because I didn’t know how to plan for it. I am an organizer and a planner so having a plan makes me feel successful. Without a plan I didn’t feel successful.

You may feel the same way.

I am 5 years in to teaching and still am NO expert on guided reading but I have learned a few things over the years and have perfected my planning routine to what it is now. This helps me at least feel prepared for my lessons when I pull my small groups- even if they don’t totally go how I planned them.

I have also come to realize that just meeting with kids and listening to them read is SO much better than not doing anything at all.

Guided Reading Binder

All of my guided reading materials are housed in my guided reading binder. This binder has all of my lesson plans (past and current) as well as anecdotal notes, guided reading groups, and any other important documents I need for guided reading and RTI paperwork.

Guided Reading Lesson Plan guide. This post helps you organized your guided reading lesson plans efficiently and effectively.

Inside my binder are folders for guided reading groups. I use the guided reading guidelines from “Making the Most of Small Groups” by Debbie Diller. Each reading level is broken down into the characteristics of that level. I cut them out, laminated them, and then attached a piece of velcro to the back. This way I can move them around and change them out when a group advances to a new level.

I also have sticky notes for each student with their DRA level listed on it. Then I place the sticky notes in the appropriate group. Now I can easily see who is where and what I need to be working on with each group of students.

 Guided Reading Lesson Plan guide. This post helps you organized your guided reading lesson plans efficiently and effectively. Name EOY 1st Grade Notes Reading Engagement Fluency Comprehension Total BOY MOY EOY DRA Level- EOY Cale, Alexandra Caroline 14 Fluency is better 6 12 25 43 14 18 Carrillo Tonche, Valeria 12 good fluency, good decoding 6 11 24 41 14 16 Espinoza Martinez, Hilary Yulissa 4 work on decoding 6 12 21 39 8 12 Gallegos, Reyes Antonio 6 Great fluency, struggles with comprehension 6 14 19 39 8 12 Garcia, Alyssa Monique 20 difficulty thinking outside the box, great expression 6 16 22 44 20 20 Hernandez, Natanael Kienowa (Natal) 18 Good fluency, struggled with 28 6 12 23 41 20 24 Lozano, Brayan Trouble inferencing, making connections 6 11 20 37 8? 6 Martinez Lopez, Nancy Vereniz (Nan) 2 Confidence 6 9 9 24 2 3 Medrano‑Alatorre, Osvaldo 2 Work on decoding/fluency 6 7 9 22 2 3 Sandra Mijares Good fluency, work on decoding, work on comprehension, more detail 6 12 20 38 12 18 Orozco Reyes, Brithani A work on decoding, English language 7 5 9 21 2 3 Reyes‑Garcia, Alexander 16 6 13 23 42 20 24 Ramirez, Naomi Good expression, could prob read higher with T 6 12 20 38 12 Rivera, Jeremiah Luis 12 Had trouble decoding words on level 16 6 11 22 39 12 14 Rodriguez Mijares, Martin Alfonso 10 Help with decoding 6 12 21 39 14 Romero, Amy Nicole 18 good fluency, work on expression 6 12 22 40 28 Vallejo, Shane 3 Reading confidence 6 12 21 39 6 Alba, Jelina Rachell A Trouble with decoding words in level 4 7 9 8 24 2 3 Bautista, Alexander Good inferencing 7 9 6 22 1 Maite Trouble with making connections 6 13 19 38 16 Charles, Kimble Easter‑Diverson 10 good expression, good comprehension 6 12 22 40 6 10 Consuelo Guevara, Betzabel 6 7 8 21 2 Cruz Mendoza, George 12 Reads quickly, work on expression, exaggerates words 6 13 22 41 16 Garcia, Juliana Manuela 12 Better decoding 6 13 23 42 8 14 Hennessey, Deisha Ronnae 12 Still working on decoding 6 11 21 38 4 14 Ledesma Jimenez, Cristofer Armando 12 Great expression, work on fluency 6 14 23 43 18 Martinez, Adrian Christopher 16 Good fluency, expression. Higher level ?s 6 12 23 41 18 24 Pantoja, Isaac Alonso comprehension iffy, retold out of order 6 12 21 39 12 Patel, Ishani 20 6 13 16 35 24 28-24 Rosillo Melendez, Andrea 2 trouble decoding words, would add words bc she thought they were supposed to be there 7 7 9 23 1 2 Salazar, Joana 3 Struggled with level 4 7 9 8 24 3 3 Sanchez, Noah 4 good decoding, comprehension 6 14 23 43 8 Trejo Garcia, Jesus 14 6 12 20 38 18 Ventura Terrones, Luna 20 some trouble with retell in order 6 12 20 38 24

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Guided Reading Lesson Plans

Also in my binder are my lesson planning worksheets. Each group is listed on here along with who is in each group and what text level I will be working with for each group.

On Thursday (when I am working on lesson plans) I pull out my binder and look at the previous weeks notes. I see what I need to reteach in small group with certain groups and which groups are ready to advance to something new.

Then I am able to choose the level I will be working on them with. Next I choose what I want to target with each group. Usually, I do not pick the book first then try to decide the objective. There are some instances where I really want to use a certain book so I will find an objective that matches that book, but usually I try to pick the objective first.

Now it’s time for me to take a trip to the literacy library. I grab all the books I need and bring them back. I read through each of the books and write down any words that I want to discuss with the kids. This is also where I will write any questions that I want to ask as well as higher level thinking questions. If I need to include phonics work with a particular group, I will include that in these lesson plans.

When I am meeting with groups I have an area where I can jot down notes for particular students or sometimes for the group as a whole.

Rinse. Recycle. Repeat. Now I have my notes to make plans for the upcoming week.

I also send the leveled books back with the kids to keep in their book bags so that they have books on their level within easy access for them.

**While I am pulling guided reading my students are doing literacy stations around the room.**


How do you feel about guided reading? Do you love it? Hate it? I want to hear….And I promise not to judge!

In the mean time, if you would like some classroom organization help I am available to you! Contact me to set something up, even if it is just a phone conference?

Until next time,

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