This week's challenge with the Clutter-Free Classroom, is how to store our teacher resources.
I will tell you now, this lady is one after my own heart!
I have to have everything in order when it comes to curriculum.
I'm not the scramble around type.
Can't help it, it's just who I am.
I am constantly self-assessing the little ones.
I have to know where things are at my fingertips, 'cause in my world, things move fast, and I want to stay a few steps ahead of my little sweets!
No idle time in these reading groups!
So, for my reading groups, I have crates set up for each program I teach.
All I do, is simply grab tomorrow's story/skill/fluency/phonics lesson
and it's ready to roll!
I copy the year in advance, only cause by now, I pretty much only use the strong stuff.
No room for fluffy light programs with little to no punch, 2nd grade is the last year to catch the little strugglers before sending them on, or really grow little readers into strong, independent learners.
3rd grade comes fast!
So, I have our different reading group crates set up, for M-Th., one for each day:
Compare & Contrast Stories
Reading Naturally Fluency Program
Reading Comprehension Stories
Extra Teacher Resources are stored on this little white shelf.
Yep. That's it folks.
I don't keep unused goods around.
My motto is,
if I don't use it in 2 years, I don't keep it.
If it's strong, you keep it.
If it's weak, you don't need it.
I know you've seen this before, but if it's worth keeping & utilizing throughout the year, then I store it in my binders.
But, I tell myself, this shelf is it. If there's not room for another binder, one has to come out.
Certainly there has to be one that hasn't been used in the last couple of years, or it can be combined with another.
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The Clutter-Free Classroom is exactly right,
one can't have clutter around.
Well, you can, but to run smoothly & efficiently, it's better that everything has a home.
I do believe that this is a life skill to teach our students as well.
Although, my husband, Mr. Packrat never got this in school...nor in 19 years of marriage!
Maybe I'll send him to the,