I'm going to be started a long term substitute job in 2nd grade soon. The teacher told me that she doesn't keep a record of grades . This seems strange to me! She said that she bases most of her teaching on what she observes in the classroom. She can just tell what students need to be working on based on that. I agree that observation is a big part of understanding student's needs, but do other second grade teachers keep records of work/grades? What do you typically keep a record of? I feel like it's going to be hard for me to step in now and be able to tell where each child is academically. She told me that she just picks writing activities and reading responses for reader's/writer's workshop based on what she thinks they need to be doing. She doesn't seem to be keeping up a record of what's going on in conferences with each child. I feel like I'm not going to know what the kids have already worked on! Any ideas?