Evernote is my go-to app for keeping artifacts that tell the story of learning. I record conference notes, capture pictures, and save student work using this application. The ability to create notebooks, build stacks, and tag notes helps to make the tool useful in, not just keeping information but also, sorting, sifting, and planning next steps.
However, I've remained a bit stumped about how to keep small group records. I've tried a variety of plans, but this year I seem to have stumbled upon a plan that has worked better than previous attempts. Working with small groups all day long created a need for a workable solution. This year, I have created a notebook for each small group.
I then made a chart in a note I use as a template each week.
During the week, I then record notes of our time together. Take a running record on paper? Snap a picture in the space saved for the child. Want to have an audio of student reading? Record the audio from a familiar or new book. Want a picture of a response to reading? Snap a picture. Want to take to remember the books sent home without writing all the titles? Snap a picture.
This note can easily be sent to classroom teachers at the beginning of the week for their planning consideration or at the end of the week so they can see our focus. Because my notes can be a bit cryptic on the run, I usually send more of a synthesis of our work to classroom teachers.
I'm sure there may be a better way to keep track of small group information but, for now, I seem to have stumbled upon a viable solution.
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