Freebie and Conferring Bundle

Happy Saturday!  First of all, I want to start off this beautiful weekend by sharing a FREEBIE.  If you have an ELA or Math word wall in your classroom and you need a quick and easy, plus cute to boot, heading banner - click HERE to see all available banners (scroll down to the second page to view most of the banners)  I have five different styles for FREE (chevron, polka dot, rainbow colors, zebra print, black & white, and no background) with or without kids clipart for each! All of these banners match my ELA and Math word wall vocabulary card sets perfectly! Or you can use them to match your own vocabulary cards. Enjoy!

Secondly, I've BUNDLED together my conferring binders and I'm beyond excited to use them in my classroom this year.

I've used conferring binders for several years, but they've always been a mish mash complilation of ideas from all of the conferring gurus.  My favorites are Patrick Allen, The Two Sisters of course, and Jennifer and Gravity.

I've scoured the appendices, copied pages, resized, reworked, but nothing ever seemed to be "exactly" what I needed and wanted.  And nothing ever talked about how we should confer during Math Worskhop.  So in my desperation (since conferring with my readers, writers, and mathematicans with fidelity is a goal for this upcoming school year) I decided to create my own ideal conferring binders.

My ideal conferring binders look a little like this:  
  • Cute cover pages and dividers to help keep me organized
  • Monthly calendars so I can schedule ALL my strategy groups and daily conferences (isn't it funny how if it's not on the schedule, it somehow seems not to happen - please tell me I'm not the only one!)
  • Pages to take notes and set goals during strategy group meetings
  • Pages to keep track of daily conferring notes and whom I've conferred with, when
  • Places to track the books students have read, pieces they've written and math centers they've completed
  • Status of the class checklists
  • Sheets to place the labels I use for notetaking during conferring
  • Sheets to record data on strategy groups, individual conferences, intervention groups, progress monitoring and asssessments.  (nothing drives me crazier than not being able to find that 'one piece' of data on a student during an IEP or child study meeting).  Now it will all be in ONE place.  
  • Plus lots and lots more
  • And BONUS, I also had to create a section for students to use to keep themselves organized during reading, writing and math workshops.  Now they will have a place to record all of their notes, goals, strategies, requirements, and assessment data as well.  
Whew!  Each binder is over 50 pages of organized bliss and did I mention that I'm REALLY loving using them this year!

Here's a sneak peek at what I've put together so far:

The binder above is from Vera Bradley - bloom daily planners Binder (+) 3 Ring Binder (+) 1 Inch Capacity (+) 10" x 11.5" Inches - Bloom Design

And look at these cute duotang folders I found at Walmart.  They may not be sturdy enough to hold all of the pages in one, but I might divide them into sections.  What are your suggestions?  I'm still on the hunt for black/white polka dot or chevron or similar pattern binders. No luck yet.


  1. First, love the conferring bundle. Second, I shall blame you when my husband asks me why I bought all of these conferring books ;)

    The Caffeinated Teacher

    1. LOL, Blame away :) And I'm glad you finally found out your grade level for this year!



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