It’s back to school and I’m about to start assessing potential Reading Recovery students today…but first I have to put the reading room back together! I teach a first grade classroom, too, so that always takes priority when I’m getting ready. Then I just fling the reading room together at the last minute….but I keep it pretty clean and organized in (read: nothing on the walls to keep my distractable students focused!) so it comes together pretty quickly.
Up this week in getting organized for Reading Recovery is how I organize student materials and paperwork. If you’ve taught RR for a while, you know how big the mountain can be if you don’t get it organized!
My building has two Reading Recovery teachers and we share a classroom space. Since we were hired under the i3 grant, we have identically sets of books. It works best for us to keep our books separate so that we know what we have available to use.
This guy is the best thing to happen to the reading room! Each student has a binder in the top section and a basket in the bottom section. You can check it out at Really Good Stuff by clicking here.
I laminated tags for each basket and just use a dry erase marker to write their names on them. The openings at the top will fit a 2 inch binder and your student writing book if you stack carefully. When my students move to a new text level I pull 3 – 5 books at that level and put them in their slot, too, so that I can quickly pull a book when I plan their lesson.
In the front pocket is the student attendance sheet and the sheet I use to track words the students can read and write. (You can read more about these forms here) I also keep my district sightword list so I can keep track of what words my kiddos know and still need to practice. I use the sightword list more with mid-year students since they know more words and I want to make sure I’m not missing any words they need to know.
The first tab has the student observation survey summary for quick reference when I’m starting lessons.
The next tab is predictions of progress. I keep these primarily on my board and student lesson records, so I also keep my student action plan in this section after Roaming is over.
After the goals and predictions I file lesson records and running records.
The last section is student assessments.
The back pocket is basically a catch all: full reading logs, work the kids do when I have a substitute, notes from parents, etc.
How do you keep the mountain of paperwork organized? I’d love to hear what works for you! 🙂