Organization Tip: Keeping Listening Centers and Stations Tidy

I don't know about you, but I feel soooo much better when my classroom is neat and organized. Despite my valiant efforts to stay tidy, I always have those "trouble areas" that I just cannot keep clean!  One of my biggest trouble spots? 

Listening stations. 

I always like to incorporate graphic organizers and Before/During/After Reading responses for students to stay engaged in the station. It seems easy enough, right? I started by just setting the papers near the station. After the first rotation of centers on the first day of the week, the station already looked like a HOT MESS.  (Please tell me I'm not alone!)

 Next, I put the papers in file folders at the station.  Keep blank papers in a file folder should be easy enough for an 8 year old, right?  Wrong. 

Later, I tried organizing them all in a file box that students would get, then take to the station. Except that they wouldn't. Ha!  

Nothing felt like it was working.  

Enter a few of my favorite things: poly binder pockets, Command hooks, and binder rings.  

Just stick a Command hook on your wall or cabinet. Insert a metal ring through the top hole in the poly binder pocket. Insert the papers. Hang them on the hooks. 

So. Simple. 

If you are interested, the Before/During/After forms that are used in the pictures of these stations are a FOREVER FREEBIE at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. They are made to mimic very commonly used DRA forms. I found that by incorporating them regularly into classroom instruction, my students felt much more confident when they were assessed for their DRAs, which of course, boosted their scores! 
A Forever Freebie on TPT

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