I must admit that one of my favorite things to do is get organized. I have found that having an organized classroom space is such a timesaver. I am able to find what I need quickly and I am less distracted when I am planning and teaching. I enjoy looking at other teachers’ spaces to see how they go about organizing their materials. Over the past couple of years, I have made an effort to only have the materials that I need and not a lot of extra stuff. This has also come about from having had to move classrooms numerous times over the years. I would like to share how I organize my Reading Recovery materials.
If you saw my classroom reveal you might notice that my Reading Recovery books are now in a different location. I needed to make room for some LLI black & white books that I inherited. When shelving my Reading Recovery book I keep them organized by size because it helps me to find the book I am looking for faster. On the bottom shelf I keep my homework bags, extra 8 pocket folders (which i use to organize the Reading Recovery paperwork for each student), an extra Fountas and Pinnell calculator, and Scholastic materials. I like to order from Scholastic frequently so that I am able to reward my Reading Recovery students with books throughout their Reading Recovery program with me.
On the first two shelves of this bookcase, I keep my students’ baskets of books and containers of paperwork and lesson materials. On the third shelf, I have a bin of pictures for ABC books. In the front of the other bin on the third shelf, I keep stickers to use when making books with students. In the back of the bin, I keep sound boxes, and picture cards to use when clapping syllables. On the last shelf, I have my Observation Survey kit and Reading Recovery resource books/magazines.
Here is the table I work at with my students. It is way too high for my little guys, but I’ll be working on lowering it this weekend. I try to keep my table clutter-free, so that there are fewer distractions for my students. Ideally I would like to find a new home for the white container with my planning materials. I want to keep it nearby though for convenience. On my table, I have markers, a tray of magnetic letters, a whiteboard, an expo marker, an eraser, correction tape, a timer, glue sticks, scissors, sentence strips and two containers. I usually have envelopes for my cut-up sentences on top of the white container, but I haven’t gotten those out yet.
Inside the first drawer of my black container I keep pens, pencils, whiteout, and extra lead. In the second drawer, I have index cards. In the last drawer, I keep my scissors and band-aids. You can’t work with 5-7 year olds and not have a stash of band-aids!
The white container holds my running records sheets, lesson planning sheets, and blank paper.
I have an easel, near my table, that I attached a whiteboard to on one side and a chalkboard to on the other side. I keep my containers of magnetic letters with the easel. One bin holds all lower case letters and the other holds all uppercase case letters.
I hope you enjoyed getting a closer look at how I keep my Reading Recovery materials organized. Be on the lookout for a post coming soon on how I keep my Reading Recovery paperwork organized.