Sunday, September 4, 2011

Super Size Assessment Binder and a Freebie

As I prepare to start school (on Tuesday), I decided to revisit/rethink my assessment recording forms from the previous years. Unlike most of the teachers on my team, I have always kept my assessments for each child in individual student files. Then when I have a meeting about a specific child, I only need to bring one file. I keep my data for the whole class for each kind of assessment in another notebook. It's small and manageable for me. It also fits on my nightstand...just in case I wake up in the middle of the night freaking out about who understands (or does not understand) linear measurement.

This year, I'm going to TRY to organize my assessments in the over-sized, gigantic, extra-large assessment notebook that most of my teacher friends "love". You know...the kind where all the information for each child is in that huge binder that seems like it might erupt into a paper volcano if a kid bumps into me. Yep, that one. I'm really only trying it, so I can say that I still prefer one file at time. But, who knows? Maybe I'll learn to love it.

Here is my new JUMBO binder. It's empty, but I do love the cover. Unfortunately, I downloaded it from one of the teacher blogs I follow, but I can't remember which one. If anyone recognizes it, please let me know so I can give the person credit. It was shared with several other adorable binder covers.

The cover matches the one I downloaded for my lesson plan binder.  Oh, I wish I could remember who shared these!

Here is one of the forms I use to record some of the things we assess for literacy.  Feel free to click on the picture if you'd like to download either one.

This one is basically the same, just more generic.

Off to work on my to do list.  Enjoy this long weekend!


  1. Thank you for this blank copy! I teach Pre-K and have 36 kids now! this will be an easy way to keep track of their progress!

  2. Thank you for sharing your assessment binder idea. The data notebooks that my students will be keeping track of this year, are similar. I really like your template with multiple subject areas. That would save paper. Why didn't I think of that? :)

  3. These are great! I LOVE your blog & just listed you on my TOP TEN LIST also!
    Christie :)
    First Grade Fever

  4. Wow! Yes, that is a substantial binder all right. Do you have pocket binder holders inside to hold the assessments, or do you three hole punch everything? I might need to try this.
    First Impressions

  5. What is the developmental spelling inventory that you record on this assessment form? How do you determine the students' reading level? Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

  6. I know this!!! I'm 99 percent confident the adorable cover is from! She has many adorable ones & I just saw them today!