How do you organize your material (mentor texts, charts, minilessons, etc.) for Writing Workshop? I have just collected so much stuff this past year to do with Writing Workshop, but I just can’t figure out a way to organize it.
Most teachers are nearing the end of the school year across the United States. Therefore, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about what to do with all of the stuff you’ve accumulated this year.
Since I consult and no longer have a classroom of my own, a lot of my files are now in boxes in my basement. However, I know where almost everything is so I can access everything easily. Here’s a walk through the way I organized my teaching materials:
Finally, I keep a lot of digital files. Here are some screen shots to show you what I mean.
Also, when I moved, I tossed out nearly all of my “good” charts (i.e., strategy charts I laminated and used year after year). However, before I tossed them, I photographed them and then uploaded the photos to an online photo site where I have them all saved for future reference. If you haven’t photographed your charts yet, set aside an afternoon to do it. Just find a solid background and then place the charts on top of it down for photos. Once you upload the photos to your computer, assign file names to them that make sense, so you can access them easily going-forward. Additionally, if you have charts you created with your students, photograph those as well. You might want to print them out and put them in the binder you create for your minilessons so you can access the chart before you teach the same lesson next year. It always helps to see what your former students came up with when you’re preparing for a new lesson.
How do you organize your teaching materials for Writing Workshop? Share your organizational system(s) by leaving a comment on this post.
I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).
I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.
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