Binder: Keeping Track of Student Progress
When I taught reading in
fourth grade there was generally much less movement in the students
progress. There was only three reading levels: a 27, 28 and 29.
Basically there was a beginning fourth ,mid fourth and end of fourth
grade level. This was of course, unless a student was below grade
level and then there was (hopefully!) a LOT of movement!
However, when I moved down
second grade. There was more levels for the students to
achieve. I found that I had to be much more on top of my
documentation and much more organized. Although I have always
kept anecdotal records, I was never as organized as I would have
liked to have been. You can read all of the many ways I tried
to organize these
Last year (2007-2008 school year) I began
an assessment binder and it has been SO nice to have all my
information in one spot. It was especially helpful when I had
meetings or someone wanted the information immediately- no
more rustling around!
So far I have only used this for the most
part to track and assess students in READING. However, next
year I am thinking of ways to use this for all my math notes and
writing notes. I just haven't figured quite yet hw I want to
***Please note that for any photos in the
binder I blacked out any student names for privacy. That is
what the big, nasty black blobs are!!***
Inside the Tabs
I used a large,
white 4 inch binder with the clear front pocket. I knew I needed a large
one and I just prefer the clear pockets. And it was free- I had it left
over from a professional development and decided to go green and recycle
it : ).
I did invest some money in the tabs. I
bought these awhile ago and they are still going strong. I bought
enough tabs so that each child could have one. Instead of labeling
them with names, I labeled them with numbers so I could reuse them
from year to year. I think I got these at Wal-Mart two years ago
with the matching binder. The binder was way too small to use for
this, but the tabs are sturdy and made out of a glossy paper like tag
Inside the Tabs
Each tab is numbered
with each number corresponding to a student number. I use numbers
instead of student names ALL over my classroom so it is an easy fit here
is the first page behind each tab. This is an
anecdotal note page on the student reading.
I based the sheet upon one I had
seen when listening to the 2 Sisters speak at a conference.
This one shown is almost identical to theirs, with some cutesy
added. I have added a running record section to it for
the upcoming school year to make it even more valuable to me.
When I filled sheet out, I
simply clasped in a new one on top so they were in order from
most recent to least.
second sheet was a track sheet of DRA levels for the student.
I liked this because I felt it
was a good "snap hot" of the reader individually.
I DID not create the DRA
tracking sheet, so I feel uncomfortable posting it. I
will email the creator and ask if she will allow me to post
After the DRA track sheet, I kept all of my DRA's! Just like
with the reading notes I keep them in order from most recent
(on top) to least recent on bottom.
This made it very easy for me
whenever I had to share student progress at conferences,
After the tracking sheet were basically any materials I
collected for students that I had concerns with.
Jessica Meacham had this
words checklist for first grade and kindergarten that I
loved. Scroll down a bit past her other fabulous assessments
for the High Frequency assessment. She also has samples
of how to fill it in.
Since she did not have a
second grade checklist (because she did not teach second),
I created a check sheet based off of her format.
After the sight words sheet was any other running records I
may have had on the student.
I just jotted them on
notebook paper and clasped them in. However, since I updated
by reading notes sheet, I won't need to do this anymore! : )
In the front pocket I kept all of my
information about how to give a DRA. While I get away with DRA, I am much
more comfortable with the Rigby assessments since my last school used
these. Although, they are very similar.
I also kept this
sheet of ALL my classes reading levels. This was a great levels in a
glance sheet. I kept this in the very front of the notebook until it tore
out and I stored it in the front pocket.
The big blacked out spots are student names-
sorry! On the orange flower post it are my reading groups. I
jotted them on the post its to keep me organized, but not permanent so I
could be flexible if students moved. The lines draw THROUGH the students
names show that that student moved.
To keep it simple, I wrote the levels on the
top and the students names to the left. The green color shows where
students began the year. I put a date in the last box so I could
know when I had last assessed them with the DRA. The yellow is the NEXT
time I assessed them with the DRA and the date in the last box. This
helped me visually see growth- and who I needed to assess at quick
glance! The green vertical line after the level 28 is the end of grade
level benchmark. This was my visual clue of who was already there
and how much more until everybody got there!
I also used this sheet to keep track of
students addition fact mastery using
hidden number/ hand assessment assessment (see page 13 for
simple addition and subtraction assessment). I will not use this
next year since our school has bought the
Fast Math Fast Tracker games from Scholastic and it tracks student
progress for you.
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