Feb 24 2011
Reader’s Workshop Conference Notes Go Digital…Leave The Notebooks Behind!
Have I ever mentioned that I struggle to keep my conference notes from Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop organized, if I am able to keep them at all? I have always enjoyed conferencing with my readers and writers, but keeping a record of these conferences has always been my downfall. It is a glaring weakness that I am now able to overcome with the use of digital notes using Word…but not the plain old Word document.
One of my colleagues, Robyn, brought this form of digital note-keeping for the Reader’s Workshop to our last professional development. Ingenious and yet soooooo simple (she does exhibit rock-star abilities!!!). Here is an example of my new conference notes: CONFERENCE NOTES 2-11-11
Pretty Cool, huh? I don’t need to keep tons of paper, spread sheets, or notebooks full of conference notes. I can add tabs for each hour or I can make an entire folder for each student. They are color coded and organized–I can even add a voice recording to each conference. I use the recordings for fluency and to show progress and growth for the year.
Let me take you through the easy process:
- Open word
- Click on “View”, “Notebook Layout”
- Double Click on “tabs” and name them either by student or by class
- To open the Audio go to “tools” and “audio notes”
- To record, just click on the red record button
I hope you give this a try…it’s a great, organized way to keep conference notes accessible and always printable. The audio just adds another level to conferences=)