This notebook is great for jotting down observations during class discussion or small groups. It also serves as documentation on students/teaching points and is helpful to look back at when grading writing pieces. There are two observation sheets included. One sheet that is specific to writing and the other is more generalized for all other subject areas. For writing,simply write the writing topic at the top of the page along with the date. Type student names on the left side of the note page, and your observations can be written on the right side. The standards are listed (and are editable) in the teacher observation area so that when students come to the table you can quickly circle a 3,2,or 1 and then add in your notes about teaching points. This makes it much easier to grade their final writing piece because you can easily see what they were independent with and what they needed prompting on. I use the other observation sheet for math, science, and social studies. I write the subject at the top. Where I have the 1,2,3 I jot down the 3 questions I asked for that specific lesson. If I see that a student is not understanding I simply put a check mark next to their name under the corresponding number for the question they missed. So for example, if they got all 3 questions for the day I would not put any marks next to their name and their score would be a 3 as an observation grade in my gradebook. If they missed one question, I would put a check mark next to their name and they would score a 2 in my gradebook and so on. This can be printed, hole punched and placed in a binder or you can bind it with a comb binding (be sure to laminate the cover for durability). Make sure your printer settings are set to color because grey scale will print a blank page. You can also just print them and use them on a clipboard for easy access! There is also 2 covers to choose from if you choose to make a book.
Key Words: Writing, notes, observations, book