One thing that I have made every attempt at being organized at this year is guided reading. It's the one time during the day when I've got just a few of my little friends sitting in front of me ready to soak up whatever I throw at them - I have to be organized. And ready.
Against the wall right next to my guided reading table I keep this little bundle of joy.
It holds all my games, cards, sorts, passages, riff raff, etc. that I use for my guided reading time. All I have to do is wheel over and grab what I need. It was about $20 at Wal-Mart - and well worth the money. All the sorts and games are separated in ziplock bags.
I also have my guided reading pouch. It too, holds all essentials for guided reading. I got it for about $17 at Wal-Mart.
I keep wipe off boards, markers, highlighters, any sort we are working on that week, post-its, etc. in this pouch.
I like it because it perfectly holds pencil boxes where I keep my wipe-off markers.
This little red bin holds all my guided reading texts for the week. The reason I don't have separate bins for every group is because my students keep a "book buddy" in their desk. When they come to me, they bring their book buddy which usually holds their "warm up" text. And when I introduce a new text, they get to put it in their book buddy, and the books just rotate.
This is the form I use for my guided reading plans. It's quick and easy and I keep in on a clip board in my guided reading pouch. I have one page for each group. If you want a copy of it, you're more than welcome to get it HERE.
And of course...
What would guided reading be without a snazzy set of whisper phones???
(Duct tape, my friends)