I am so very lucky. My district gives each classroom a zillion guided reading books to use in small groups. It is a fantastic problem to have- and it can be a wee bit of a problem.
Too many resources… cry me a river, right?
However, all those fabulous resources have to be stored somehow. We are given a table with has compartments to sort the books- but it is open and very visible to the eye. Ick.
I like my clutter and crap hidden. It gives the illusion of organization. Perception is reality, right? If I appear organized, people will believe I am organized (even though I haven’t filed the 8 foot pile of student work on my filing cabinet).
Instead of the table I use a piece of furniture that is like a set of cubbies with tubs. Many people use them for supplies. Not me, because I must be different. Instead I sort my guided reading books into each tub. Some tubs have one level, others have a combination of levels. It simply depended on how many books fit in each tub.
To make it easy to access all my books, I label each tub. I like pretty, so I made pretty hot pink, chevron labels that pop against the blue tubs.
Jumps right out, doesn’t it!
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Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.