Record keeping with writing can be a difficult process if you aren’t organized, so I knew I wanted to establish some system in my room right from the start that would help. By having these folders and clip chart, I will be able to easily know where students are (by looking in their folders) on top of the daily conferencing that I will be doing. I thought that I’d share with you what I’ll be using in my room.
My big focus in my time away from training and life this week has been my writer’s workshop and what I need to get going. We are going to be getting the intermediate set of Units of Study from Lucy Calkins (yay!) but I haven’t had a chance to delve into it yet. I know from my experience with teaching from the primary set in the past, that she focuses quite a bit on the writing process (and I love that!) so I knew it was safe to align with that.
I recently saw the Writer’s Workshop folders from Rowdy in Room 300 and I loved them- but knew they wouldn’t work for my third graders. They inspired me to make my own. I previously thought I might just buy the 8-pocket, spiral bound sort or that I’d buy the ones Really Good Stuff makes. They’re really expensive, though. Instead, I made these, and I’m in love!
I use 5 for each step of the writing process, and then there’s one extra that you could use for anything you wanted. Instead of folding both inner folders inside out like I’ve seen others do, I kept one the other way so I could have to spaces to put things on.