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I love teaching Guided Reading, but always struggled with how to stay organized with each of the groups I was teaching. I tried baskets for each group, I tried binders, I tried magazine storage boxes, but I would always end up with a mess of papers and books.
In January I went to a Thirty-One party and my LIFE HAS CHANGED FOREVER! For those of you that don't know about Thirty-One you must RUN to check them out! They specialize in totes of all sizes and lots of organizational storage cubes and ideas.
Here is what I saw in the catalog...
I started thinking...hmmm...maybe I could use this for Guided Reading. There are five pockets, I bet I could fit a guided reader folder and book in each pocket....hmm...let's try it!
My hardest decision was what color to order it in! I decided to go with black! I had them embroider it at the top with "G Reading."
This is honestly the BEST organizational decision I have made in YEARS!
This organizer hangs right by my guided reading table and it is just heaven! My guided reading group sits at the table, I grab my lesson plans and book for that group and after we have finished I put it back in that pocket and grab the next group's items!
The pockets are ROOMY! When I was switching books for a group, I actually had 5 copies of books in each of the pockets. Everything I need fits inside the pockets!
I actually just ordered ANOTHER one of these organizers for Guided Math! I am so excited to get it and start using it in the fall!
My awesome Thirty-One consultant has offered to raffle off a Family-Home Organizer (or Classroom Organizer)!
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