Saturday, April 12, 2014

Another Bright Idea!

Collecting data is important for all grades! But how to keep it organised in a neat, easy to use way? 
I think I have a Bright Idea!!!
Thanks to Shelley Gray for this awesome idea!

This is an idea I saw in my teaching partners classroom, so thanks Kim for the inspiration. 
You will need a folder, some plastic sheet protectors, some lined paper and some sticky note flags.

First, put your lined paper in! You want to think about how many pages per kid you want to start with.

Write your students names on the tags. Layer these throughout the notebook paper as shown so you can easily locate the student you are looking for.

Place a plastic sheet straight after each student name flag. This is for you to add any information you might collect on separate pieces of paper or as ongoing assessment task that needs to be consistently updated.

Finally add a cute cover! Font by KG Fonts AND clipart from Krista Wallden.

Add some extras into the folder to help you keep on top of data - here I have pictured reading levels, which I can just highlight as they progress and an alphabet sounds assessment (in each child's sleeve.)

Taa-daa! Data collection, made easy!

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  1. Love this!!! Thank so much for sharing! Which blog is hosting this linky? I couldn't find where the original posting was located.

    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

    1. The organiser is Shelley Gray "Teaching in the Early Years"

  2. This really is a bright idea! I love it! And thank you for posting how to find the linky. I was confused myself.

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    Teaching with Sight

  3. What a great way to organize data! I like the idea of using sheet protectors to hold extra papers. I used to use pocket dividers, but they are so expensive!

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple