No Series: Clipboards: A Tool for Informal Assessment

Clipboards: A Tool for Informal Assessment

Lesson Objective: Take notes about students' progress
All Grades / All Subjects / Notes


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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. What kinds of notes does Ms. McPhillips take?
  2. How does Ms. McPhillips use her notes?
  3. What can you learn from Ms. McPhillips about assessment?


  • Private message to Chrishandra Perkins

I never thought about having the student's names already on a sheet of paper while walking around so that helped!

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  • Private message to zahida nazir
as a T>A I do see all these strategies being used in the class room by the teachers.
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  • Private message to linda esposito
Mrs. Phillips notes help her to assess her students and to validate each student.
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  • Private message to Carmen Cantizano
I agree with Audra that we think we remember who said what...too many students and too much going on! Taking notes on a clipboard makes sense and gives us important information.
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  • Private message to Adam Hopson
I constantly have to remind myself to take notes in real time when trying to gather informal information I need to recall later; it is something so simple, but I often trust myself too much to remember an important variable or bit of information. I like the idea of using the clipboard to take down particular information over a student's work for praise later; as opposed to trying to remember what it was the student had said or did, making it look like you were not genuine.
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  • Clipboards: A Tool for Informal Assessment Transcript
    Audra McPhillips: One of the strategies that I as using during classroom was

    Clipboards: A Tool for Informal Assessment Transcript
    Audra McPhillips: One of the strategies that I as using during classroom was I had a clipboard with some student names and some notes to myself. I try to use the clipboard in the classroom for a variety of reasons. One, it's important to do some ongoing assessment in the classroom. And I know, when I'm walking around listening to groups, my capacity to try to remember some important things I want to make note of, it's not so great. There's a lot of things going on in the classroom. So I will take notes on that clipboard, often to myself.
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    Audra McPhillips: If I notice a student having a misconception or I notice a student kind of getting into an important point that I want to make later. So when I make that point, I can reference the student. And give them credit for their work.
    Audra McPhillips: Michael's group, I heard you guys talking about something good, what was it?
    Student: Look for and make use of structure?
    Audra McPhillips: Okay, so go ahead and find the yellow one, guys.
    Audra McPhillips: They appreciate being acknowledged. They appreciated that validation that they're on the right track.
    Audra McPhillips: They're just notes to myself but they're very valuable because they help me in lots of ways to make the current lesson better and also future lessons more targeted.

School Details

John F. Deering Middle School
2 Webster Knight Drive
West Warwick RI 02893
Population: 1000

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