This year, I’m a “Title Teacher.” If you’re not familiar with this title, it means that I teach small group literacy intervnetion, funded by federal Title I money. In my district these groups follow Fountas and Pinnell’s Leveled Literacy Intervnetion (LLI) and I push in to the third grade classrooms to teach.
Being new to this position, I wasn’t exactly sure how to get my supplies organized to teach in 3 different rooms. After some trial and error, I have a system that’s working for me, and if you’re teaching LLI, or any push-in groups, I hope it’s helpful to you as well.
For starters, if you’re new to LLI, get your materials organized into the files! I take absolutely no credit for this process – it was already done when I arrived at my school and I’m so thankful for it!
I use a binder clip with the group name on each file to keep track of which group I’m using it for.
Here’s what’s inside each file:
- Four full color texts
- Black and white keep books for the students to take (and in our case keep) at home
- A copy of the lesson plans from the large manual (this is so helpful so you don’t have to drag that huge manual around!)
- Running record forms and any other lesson materials (writing pages, word sorts, etc.)
Each week I pull the lesson files and organize them by group into these drawers. Then it’s easy to just pull and go throughout the week!
I keep a basket for each of my 5 groups.
Inside each basket I keep:
- Student writing books
- Old keep books as extra choices on running record days (when the students have more time for familiar reading beacuse I’m taking a running record and assessming comprehension)
- A binder with all my group data
Our third graders have lockers that have a shelf across the top, which is perfect for storing my baksets!
(Almost) Everythig else I need for my groups I keep in this handy teacher tote.
It fits everything I need to take from group to group and is wide enough to keep everything organized.
Here’s everyything I keep in my tote:
- clipboard with a sheet to track which books each group has read
- lesson files for each group
- whiteboard for writing on during group
- comprehension organizers – I love the organizers from Teaching In High Heels! I keep an assortment in my bag and pull from them as needed.
- a small pouch with various supplies: stickers, flashcards, notepaper, highlighter tape, etc.
The last bit of supplies I keep in the famous Target Dollar Spot spinning caddy.
So between the baskets, caddy and tote….plus necessary coffee, I am basically a bag lady running between rooms with my hands full all morning! BUT my things are organized and easy to access!
With my hands (and heart) full, I am able to easily make each room feel somewhat my own and have everything I need easily at hand!
Are you teaching small group intervention or push-in groups? I’d love to hear how you stay organized!