Keeping Notes

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  1. VANewbie

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    I hear all the time you should document everything and keep notes so you can have a backup. I am not sure of what I need to keep note of.I do not keep or take anecdotal notes of my students. I just don't have the time to take notes.

    Now with their reading and writing I keep a checklist of sorts.

    I just HEAR all about these notes you are supposed to keep but have never actually seen people do it.

    I am just afraid(thinking ahead) that this might bite me in the butt one day.

    Thoughts?
     
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  3. Elocin

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    Well, the gradebook would back you up for missing/low assignments, etc. I have a super fast scanner at home and I scan all graded work and keep in a file for that school year and delete it at the end.
    I keep a log of everytime I call a parent (day, time, who I spoke with/left message for, if they called back or what we discussed). I also note when I send home detention slips/papers to be signed and if they come back. If they don't, I call about that too so the parents can't say they weren't ever notified.
    I keep any emails parents send me in a saved file and then delete it at the beginning of the new school year.

    I am paranoid but I used to work in a business where a mistake could cost your company tens of thousands of dollars and your job so CYA comes naturally to me.
     
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    Thats a really good website!
     
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    I document anything out of the ordinary. In addition, I document anything relating to discipline, conferences, suspected child abuse/neglect that I have reported to admin., and anything that I feel "iffy" about. I always ask myself "can this come back on me?" I also keep a copy of positive notes sent to parents, etc.
     
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    I do Daily 5 and CAFE for my reading instruction. Since beginning this, I find myself more tuned into my students than ever before. I keep a reading and writing conference form for each student. I also have a strategy group form and record each time I meet with that group. These forms are kept under tabs in my CAFE pensieve.

    I also have a binder that I keep my lesson plans in, curriculum maps, parent communications, emergency forms, and a tab for each student. I have a parent communication form that I record when I speak with a parent, leave a message for a parent, or send a note home. I just write down quickly the reason for the call/note and the result. I do this so I can show my P in case a parent claims I am not communicating with them. In each students' tabs, I keep copies of discipline referrals and other important information. I do think it is very important to keep careful records so you can cover yourself in case something does come up.
     

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