First things first.  (Is that even how you write that?  I’m not sure I’ve ever actually seen it in print)  I decided to take the plunge and create my own newsletter.  My plan is for it to come out monthly.  It will feature some of my products.  More importantly, I want it to contain some very specific tips I’ve used in my classroom or seen used by great teachers.  I will also include a freebie that’s exclusive for subscribers.  You can sign up here.  It will also always be in my sidebar.

Speaking of exclusive freebies, did you know that I offer exclusive freebies for my Facebook followers?  I have a photos folder that’s called Free Items.  A picture of the item is in there with the direct download link.  If you aren’t following me yet, head over to grab some freebies!

My Common Core math standards review packets have been crazy popular.  I’ve had a couple people ask if I was going to do E/LA ones.  I’ve tossed this idea back and forth for a few weeks. I’d love to get some feedback from all of you.  I was thinking if I made them, it would include some grammar, revising sentences, and maybe phonics.  Maybe.  I was thinking though that there are already so many DLR and DOL books out there that there wouldn’t be a need for something like this.  What do you think?  Would you like to see me make something?  What would you like to see in it?

And now for the goodies.  I posted the Guided Reading observation form we use a while back.  We make lesson plans and store them on index cards so each teacher can share them.  This form is for us to record specific things we notice as we are working with each child.  It helps when you are trying to identify specific skills to work on with students.  Click on the picture to head to that post.

The hardest part for me with Guided Reading has always been the scheduling.  I still want to meet with my high kids at least twice a week.  Sometimes I settle for once, but I’m definitely not one of those people who don’t plan to meet with that group at all.  But it always seems as if as soon as I get it all figured out and everyone gets comfortable, I have a few kids who are ready to move to different groups and I end up with a new number of groups and it throws everything off.  And then I spend a half hour every. single. time. trying to figure out how to make everything work.  I decided to create a reference file that I can use when I reach that point that I need to restructure everything again.  There are 5 different charts.  There are charts with 3 and 4 different time slots, and 4-6 groups.  I hope you find it helpful!  Let me know if there’s a different arrangement you’d like seen and I’ll add it in.  Click on any of the pictures to download the file.  I also have it in my TpT and TN stores as well.

Have a fantastic day!