Let's take a quick peek inside my guided reading binder for this year.
My main goal when I get it set up is: Keep it Simple! I try to get it to the essentials that I need to maintain my records for each group. Here is what I include:
1. My first section contains my whole group data information such as guided reading levels, spelling levels, and any other whole group data that pertains to reading.
2. The next section has a numbered tab for each student in my class. This is where I keep my running record data. I have a spreadsheet graph that I complete each time I do a running record and then I place the running record underneath the graph.
Under each tab you will find a graph of each running record and then the actual running record forms.
3. The next tabs are were I keep my group records and information. Each group tab contains four items: the current week's lesson plans, the list of books we have read as a group, my guided reading groups note page where I keep anecdotal notes on the group's progress and needs, and the independent reading conference forms for the students in that group. (I keep the independent reading conferences in this section because I complete those conferences once a week while they are back with me in their group.)
And that is it! I keep it simple but organized.