Hey, y'all! I'm linking up with the Kinder Tribe gals (and guys) for our first ever What Worked Well Wednesday.
We all know that a big part of teaching is trial and error. Sometimes things work great the first time around, sometimes…not so much. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we thought we'd share out some things that worked well for us, and, hopefully, will for you too.
One thing that helped me out considerably was color coding just about everything. I started with my guided reading books. I use Reading A-Z books so I can easily make new copies if one gets lost or damaged. But, finding the right level quickly can be tough. So…I used different colors of duct tape to keep each level organized. Pink is reading level A, purple is B, lime is C, etc.
The ones that look like they are not marked are printed in landscape so the tape is on the side, not the front. It also made it easy for parents to know when their child is moving up reading levels.
I used the same type of idea for the kids' notebooks. We had a notebooks for science, math, and poetry. Keeping them all straight was tough before I started doing this. Now I put a piece of tape on the spine of the notebook so they know which color to grab: pink for poetry, green for science, and purple for math. Sooooooo much easier than trying to get some of my lower ones to read the word. (I want them to, but developmentally some are just not ready at the beginning of the year.)
So, those are my favorite time savers and tricks. Swing by Kinder Tribe and see what other amazing ideas are out there.