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Organizing Running Records

July 7, 2014 No Comments

Organizing Running Records

July 7, 2014 No Comments
Running Records. Love the assessments, can’t stand storing the materials. You should have seen the mess I’ve had over the years. Oh wait, you can! I have photographic evidence…
(promise not to pin these two pics?)

So I knew this would be the a great project for me to tackle this summer for Tara’s Monday Made It:

http://4thgradefrolics.blogspot.com/2014/07/monday-made-it-summer-week-6.html

Since I work with an international class of EL newcomers and mainstream students (all 5th grade) I encounter quite the range of reading levels…so I need both of the benchmark kits for our running record assessments.

But they are just awful.

The folders are jam-packed and totally disorganized. And they have to hold both the fiction and nonfiction materials, which leads to this:

 and this:
(don’t pin these either please, HA!)
So I decided to do away with those separate kits and bought a huge file box. I also purchased green and blue hanging files (to keep consistent with the green and blue benchmark kits I used to have). 
Most importantly, I bought enough folders to separate the fiction and nonfiction testing materials for each reading level:

which means I can easily get into each folder and grab exactly what I need:

 (I have these labels to share at the end of this post)
I decided not to make a label for this box (shocking, huh?) as it’s pretty obvious what it is. But I did want to adorn it with some necessary information…namely some district charts I tend to misplace each trimester.
So I typed up the charts and used a little color-coding to identify the benchmark levels for each grade (the numbers on the left chart are used to enter data online for each level). Then I laminated the charts and velcroed them to the box, so I could grab them when needed:
And I did the same on the other side of the box, for the primary grade levels:
Now I have everything I need, all in one happy, organized box!
If you would like to use the file folder labels, please click on the image below:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2ARzMSbNzXNbDNRMmNFRnNlNUE/edit?usp=sharing
This system would also work well for organizing your guided reading materials. Hmmm…I may have just found my next Monday Made It project! 
I hope some of you can use the file, thanks for visiting!
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I’m looking to add a little more accountability/motivation for my students, so this week we are going to start tracking our usage. My fourth graders will store their sheets in their binders so their data is kept private, then I’ll send it home in our weekly folders so parents can see progress as well.
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What do you do for iReady accountability? I would love to hear more ideas!
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Please click the link in my profile if you’d like a copy of this sheet for your class (http://bit.ly/ireadysheet).
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  • This closet!!! It has NEVER been organized in all my years in this classroom!
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Honestly, I would pile things in there and slam the door fast, in hopes the pile wouldn’t collapse 😂
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So I FINALLY got some shelving and sorted everything into bins...and I am in heaven.
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Now if only all bins were the same color blue...
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  • Need a last-minute valentines gift for your class?
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Or is it just me who is frantically doing this now? 😂
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These are some editable coupons I shared years ago on my blog that are perfect for those no-cost presents. I’ve been saving our scholastic points, so everyone is getting a coupon to choose a book for our classroom library tomorrow. 📖❤️
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Please click the link in my profile if you would like a copy! I hope some of you can use them!! (http://bit.ly/EditableValentinesCoupons)
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  • Binders, folders, or notebooks?
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Over the years I’ve become a binders kind of girl...I tried to go with notebooks again this fall and it wasn’t the same. There’s just something about having everything all in one place.
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So in January, I switched back to binders and I’m so glad I did. I use prenumbered tabs which saves A TON of time in setting them up (see the last pic). I try to number the handouts in the bottom corner to match the tab number it belongs in (when I remember to 😉) but really it’s a great exercise in following directions as papers are handed out if I don’t remember to number them.
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My fourth graders LOVE their binders...my students from last year mention them when they come back to visit (it was actually thanks to them I got binders again, since they enjoyed them so much). Next fall, it’ll be binders from the start for us!
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Do you like binders, folders, or notebooks? Or a combination?
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If you go into the Display settings, you will find a drop down menu under “Date Styling”.
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Click the check box next to “show school day counter” and you should be all set!
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I have a couple of blog posts about planbook and I’m working in some updated ones to share soon...anything in particular you’d like to see more about?
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  • Did you know you can add little check boxes to Google Sheets? ✅
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I’m REALLY trying to get more ahead in my lesson planning so I can have my weekends free...and this little check box tool is helping with just that!
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I set up a Sheets doc with each subject area I need to plan for. In the second column, I added the check boxes (you can find them under Insert).
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It’s a really nice feature for those little checklists you want to reuse each week! Now back to lesson planning 😬
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