Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teacher Tips Tuesday!

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Hooray it's Tuesday! :)  I'm very excited to have Sara S. here from Smiling in Second Grade!  I absolutely LOVE her stuff (as a fellow second grade teacher) and steal her ideas all the time! (shhh don't tell her! ;) 
Here's Sara's Tip...

My prized possession in my classroom is my Reader's Workshop binder.  It has all the data I need and it's all in one place.  And it's BIG!  You can't really tell from the picture, but this baby is huge.  I think it's  a 3-inch binder?

Here's the cover:

I got the beautiful cover from somewhere in blog-world, but for the life of me I can't remember.  If it's yours or you know who made it, let me know so I can give them credit!

On the inside cover, I have two pages back-to-back in a sheet protector.  The front side is my students names and their levels during each month of the school year (no pic for privacy).  The back side has correlation levels:

We use Guided Reading Levels, Rigbys and DRAs in our school.  This chart helps me keep all those numbers and letters straight!  A colleague made a pretty colored one for us for next year though!

Next, I have a pocket for each student.  Their names are on the tabs on the right.  In the pocket are any assessments I do with that student.

Behind the pocket, I have a chart that shows how the child is progressing throughout the year compared to where they should be.

{This kid did great!}

After that, I have a CAFE menu for each student.  I place a check next to the ones the student has mastered. 

And finally, I have my anecdotal notes for each child.  I take notes on an Avery label and then stick in the binder later on.

You can get this chart in my {TpT} store for free!

So that's what my Reading Workshop binder looks like!  What's in your binder?

My name:  Sara Soucy

The years I have been teaching:  3
The grade(s) I have taught:  2nd
The state/area that I teach in:  Rhode Island
My blog web address:  

Wow, thanks so much for sharing Sara!  We'd love to hear what you have in your binder!  Please share!  Don't forget to stop by Sara's AMAZING blog!! {CLICK HERE}

p.s... I'm looking for some more people to share their GREAT tips!!  Please {EMAIL ME} to team up! It's super easy and fun!!  Thanks!

p.s.s... Stop back tomorrow to vote on your favorite "Caught Reading" pic!! Here's the last entry...Dana from Fun in First Grade was caught reading too!
 I am at the top of the St. Louis Arch reading my emails!  Great reception up there! :)


  1. I love your binder. I'm not sure how I will keep that information. I have sheets made up but I'm unsure of wether the students will keep their progress charts or if I will????? hmmmm...
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