Hello! This is Hilary from Second Grade is Out of This World! If you read my blog at all, you know that I am a huge fan of Reading Workshop! I use the Daily 5 framework, but I have tweaked it to work for me. One of the things that I love is my “Pensieve” to use the D5 lingo. I have tried a million different ways of keeping track of my reading conferences, and this is what I have found works for me.
I have a clipboard binder. It is a little bulky, but is perfect for me. I didn’t like trying to write on my conference sheets while they were in a binder. So, I would take them out to write on, then put them back in when I was done. It just didn’t work well for me.
Here is what my conferring notebook looks like now:
My check in sheet is always on top. Instead of keeping calendars, I ‘schedule’ appointments with kiddos by circling a box in their row on the day that I plan to conference with them.
The next sheet is my conference tracker. I use it to keep track of dates that I have conferenced with my kiddos. Each child’s name is highlighted with a color that coincides with my mCLASS TRC data (red-well below benchmark, yellow-below benchmark, green-meets benchmark, and blue-above benchmark). This is also a good way to track data because the kiddos who are red or yellow will have more conferring dates by their names). Sorry, I don’t have a picture for privacy reasons.
Then, are my conferencing sheets. I cut them to make tabs on the side, which I number. I color code them so I know who has a sheet filled up and who I need to conference with more.
I have tweaked my conference sheets as well. They have a box for each of the Cafe Goals. If I notice that they are doing some well, or not so well, I note it in the section for that Reading Goal (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency Expand Vocabulary) The little boxes in the corners are for checkpoints. I have a box for using the strategy alone, alone with prompting and with help. I put a tally mark in the box for the strategy that they are working on or if I see them use another strategy without my help.
Before I start conferring, I look at my notes to see who I need to conference with during Reading Workshop. I put their sheets on top, which is easy considering that they are all clipped together by the clipboard. Then, after I conference with them, their sheet goes back in order.
Inside my ‘Pensieve’, I keep the stuff that I might use during conferences. I also store the kiddos completed conference sheets for future reference. I always have sticky notes, re-tell rubrics, bookmarks, hole reinforcers, pens, etc. So! That is my Conferring Notebook. It is always with me during Reading Workshop. Thanks for reading!