I love books. I buy them constantly. I just can’t help myself. I do not organize my classroom library by reading level. I think that this really limits kids and places them in a box. Sometimes I want to read a super easy book because I enjoy the characters. Sometimes I am willing to work extra hard on a complicated text because the topic interests me. I want my students to love reading. So they are welcome to read anything they want. I organize my books my series, author and topic.
I ask my students to bring a water bottle to school each day. We live in a hot climate and it’s easy to get dehydrated. However, I can’t stand having the water bottles on their desks. They fall, tip and leak. They take up precious working space. So I purchased a Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer, Java. I stapled student numbers to the pockets and now every student has a place for their water. They are encouraged to grab a quick drink anytime I am not talking.