Whatever the reason, I'm feeling the need to focus much more closely on current student reading levels for my independent, guided and home-reading programs. With this being my first year teaching primary grades I'm still completely in this learning curve. I had a great list of student groups written up with the book levels penciled in next to each name, but after a couple of weeks that was simply no good... the data was redundant already! So, I've been playing around with some other organizational strategies.
Enter the standard file folder and a handful of stickies. BINGO! It seems so simple now!
I separated the inside of a folder into sections for each of the reading levels in the range of my students' abilities, placed their names on stickies, and now I'm able to move them quickly and easily, plus it is a piece of cake to pick out meaningful groups based on reading ability.
I have removed the students' names from the photo, but you get the idea. If you have a great strategy for organizing reading levels I'd love to hear it! I'm still looking for ways to make my primary class run smoothly!