How to Organize Your Intervention Materials

Organizing our intervention materials is the key to our success, right?

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When I’m not prepped and ready – my instruction and delivery suffer. This week I'm going to share with you how I keep my intervention materials organized.

How we store our instructor materials:

I use a binder to help keep me organized. In the front of the binder, I always have my groups organized with student names for A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 (A refers to below grade level readers, B is on-grade level, and C is above grade level). You may have more than one group within each level depending on your class size.

Next, I have my Instructor’s Manual of the curriculum I use for my lessons at my reading table, along with the copies I have made of the student workbook pages.

How we store our students’ materials:

How we organize our student workbook pages in a binder.

If you are in a 1:1 or small group intervention setting, I would suggest getting individual binders for each student. You can print the student pages from your curriculum for each student and keep it in this binder. You will complete pages as you progress through the curriculum. This binder will serve as a valuable resource as you progress through the year. Students can refer back to prior concepts and parents can see what is coming up in future months.

Making and managing 25 or so individual binders in the classroom could be a different story.

Some grade level teams prefer to send all of their copies for the student work books to their district print shop ahead of time so that they have them pre-made for the entire year.

Then, they go by a schedule that works for the curriculum they use.

How we store additional materials and games:

We also love playing games in every lesson and I would suggest having those made and laminated prior to the start of the school year. I like to keep my games organized by syllable type so that I can easily find and pull games that hit the same targets we are currently focusing on!

Intervention Material Desk Organization

Then of course, you need to make sure you have all of your necessary materials like pencils, highlighters, markers, and so much more in order to feel ready to go. You can use whatever system works best for you in this case. Whether that is pencil cups, office drawers, desk tray organizers, etc. Our 1:1 students love this spinning organizer!

This all sounds great, but what if I don’t have all of those materials ahead of time?

This is a great question. We have totally been there before where the program we were using didn’t have all of the materials ready to “print-and-go” like we needed. That’s why we made our own. We would love to pass them along to you, because we know how hard organizing everything can be when you have to make new lesson plans every day. If you are looking for easy to organize, done for you lessons, click here.

For more information on how to stay organized in this field, check out our blogs, “How to Organize Your Structured Literacy Block” and “Organizing an IEP/504 Plan Binder.”

Kelly HooverComment