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Observation Labels

I teach in a multi-age classroom, grades 3-6 in a two room schoolhouse on an island in Lake Superior. To keep notes on my students - observations, behaviors and assessments - I have a clipboard with a full sheet of mailing labels. I jot the date, the student's initials and then record my observations on one label. The size of the label keeps the observations brief. The full page of labels allows me to record observations for all students on the same page. At the end of the day, or more likely once a week, I peel off the labels and paste them into a loose-leaf notebook where each student has their own page. The observations on the one sheet let me look at class performance. For instance, if I am introducing a new concept, it lets me see at a glance how the whole group performs so that I can revise my teaching plan as needed. The individual student pages are great at conference time, because I have lots of specific information to share with parents instead of my recollections of general patterns.


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