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My IDR Assessments Binder, Continued

By Beth Newingham on June 6, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

Here is how I've organized the rest of the information I keep in my Reading Workshop Binder.

Behind each student's tabbed folder are three things. First, I keep their "Reading Status" form. I can flip to each student's section of the binder to quickly access this form when calling off 5–6 students' names at the beginning of IDR time each day.

Next I keep a copy of Fountas and Pinnell's "Guide for Observing and Noting Reading Behaviors" checklist. I highlight skills and/or concepts with which the student is struggling and put a date next to it. This is helpful when meeting with students for individual conferences and when planning strategy group lessons.

Finally, I keep a plain piece of cardstock behind the tabbed folder. It is on this cardstock that I transfer both my conferring labels and guided reading labels that I create when meeting with students individually or in small groups. I like having all of the labels for each student in one place so that I can easily track progress and recognize consistent reading patterns over time.

My teaching partner also suggested that I keep extra pockets in the back of the binder to store reading forms that I use on a regular basis, such as "Possible Strategy Group Lessons," "Reader's Notebook Rubric," extra conferring labels, guided reading labels, etc. I like having all of my reading materials and forms in one place so I can easily access them when necessary.

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