I love using Post-Its for the informal, quick assessments, but I recently came across a fantastic resource for more formal conferences: Google Forms!
Farrah, from Think * Share* Teach has a wonderful tutorial to take you through this entire process! I created one for my own classroom and believe me, it took no time at all!
You can see a few pieces in the screenshot above, but here's the full list of what I have on my Reading Conference form:
- Book Title
- Level (drop down menu with levels J-T+)
- Fluency (1-4 based on unsat-advanced)
- Comprehension (1-4 based on unsat-advanced)
- CAFE Strength (I used checkboxes so I can check off more than one)
- CAFE Focus
- Focus Strategies (I left this blank so I can type it in quickly)
- Next Steps
- Title/Topic of Piece
- Mentor Text/Minilesson that inspired this piece (if applicable)
- Quick Draft Assessment (1-4 based on unsat-advanced)
- Writing Strengths (using 6 Traits categories)
- Writing Focus (using 6 Traits strategies)
- Teaching Points & Next Steps
I LOVE Google Forms since I can customize each section based on what I need and what my kids need- yay! Plus, I can put a bookmark to these forms on my iPad and use it all over the classroom with any student- very easy!
I also love that it timestamps each entry- are you as bad as me with dates?! I have found so many notes throughout the years that have not date and I feel it renders the info useless- Google takes care of that down to the second :)
Best of all, you can access your data in a spreadsheet and graphs. Super-neat, super-organized, and all ready to go for grouping, conversations with other teachers, your principal and/or parents, report cards... everything!
I am so excited to use this next year! Be sure to stop by Think * Share* Teach for the full tutorial. What else do you think you could use Google Forms for? I am thinking other informal assessment times... maybe math groups?