Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tried It Tuesday: Status of the Class

It's time to share something I've TRIED with my BBB Holly for her Tried It Tuesday linky party! Great ideas that have been tested by others will be found on her linky parties!
To help keep my students accountable and to help me monitor their reading, I do a quick check using Status of the Class (what are we reading?). I started this last year in my classroom and I found it very beneficial. Here is an example of my chart (minus student names and the second page).
I write the date, title of the book, and page number. If the book hasn't changed the next time I do Status of the Class, I just add the page number.
It's a super quick, efficient way to check in on my readers. At the end of our reading block, I just quickly call their name for them to report what page they're on of their current book. If they've switched books, they notify me of that too. I call them in alphabetical order, so they are ready for their name to be called. I do a quick check with my students several times a week-it takes just a couple of minutes and gives me important information. I can assess if they're reading at home by the number of pages read, if their book is an appropriate reading level, and if they're completing or abandoning books too often.
This tool would also be great to show/discuss with parents about their child's reading habits at a conference.
If you haven't TRIED Status of the Class, it's a great tool to monitor your readers!


  1. That is a great idea!! And easy, too. Thanks!! :) xoxo

  2. I use a form similar to this one. It's great for a quick check in.

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  3. I read about status of the class this summer and wanted to try it. I am still just struggling with only seeing each of the three blocks for a short amount of time and then not seeing them again all day! We have also had 6 fire drills in less than a week which makes time seem even more rushed. I will keep it on my list to do though because I LOVE the idea!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  4. Ooooh...me likey this idea! I should probably be doing this since I got rid of my reading folders this year. So far(fingers and toes crossed)....I haven't had any problems, yet! You better be crossing yours for me too! XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. Love this idea - love simple but useful ideas! Thanks for sharing and letting me steal from you.

  6. Love this idea!! I can't wait to try it in my classroom and share it in my grade level. Thanks for sharing.

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