Happy Saturday! First of all, I want to start off this beautiful weekend by sharing a FREEBIE. If you have a math word wall in your classroom and you need a quick and easy, plus cute to boot, heading banner - HERE you go. Link up at Teaching Blog Addict to check out all of the other FREEBIES this week!
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 (introduced to me last year by our literacy coach).
I've scoured the appendices, copied pages, resized, reworked, but nothing ever seemed to be "exactly" what I needed and wanted. And nothing ever talks 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 looks 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 take notes on during conferring
- Sheets to record data on strategy groups, individual conferences, intervention groups 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 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.
Here's a sneak peek at what I've put together so far:
Binder above is from Vera Bradley. 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.