Paint chips come into play again. I group my kids by color. They are actually grouped by reading levels at the moment, but they don't know that! Since the groups are flexible and always changing, I need a way for my friends to know what group they are in and who is meeting that day.
On my dry erase board I have an A and a B. During guided reading, my class works in centers except for the two groups I will be meeting with that day. The A group is the group that comes immediately to the meeting table. My guided reading time is very limited. I am REQUIRED to meet with two groups in thirty minutes. To maximize the time we meet, my B group has to be ready to go. The B group doesn't work on centers. Instead, they have independent reading time until I finish with group A. If I had to wait for them to put center materials away, we would never meet.
Anyway, here is what my board looks like.
I tend to have five groups. I made a sixth orange card for random groups I pull for specific skills. My other groups are flexible groups, but tend to stay together longer because we are reading novels or doing lap books, all of which take a while. The orange card allows me to pull as I need to from the other groups to touch base with students I notice have a common need. I'll meet with them once or twice to hit the skill or strategy in question.
In my guided reading area, I extend the colors to my folder bins and teaching drawers. My friends have a guided reading folder to hold the materials we are currently working with. I just printed a color card that I can write their names on.
So, that's kind of how I let my friends know who is meeting today and keep myself organized. Do you have an easier, more effective way to do it? If so, please share! This has been working for me, but I'm always open to new ideas.