Keeping antidotal notes on each student in your classroom is a great idea. However, it isn’t always feasible in the amount of time we have to accomplish a number of tasks any given day. In my small group centers, I wanted to be able to have a record of what topic we covered, on what day, and how each child was progressing. I tried keeping these notes myself, but found that I was disengaged from my students. After creating this data sheet, I taught students to rate themselves and write down “why” they chose their rating in the “comment” section. I found that students were more aware of what they were learning, how they were progressing, and why it is all important. This translated into a more meaningful small group meeting time. I hope it does the same for you!