This weekend REALLY got away from me. And even though I’m yawning like crazy I refuse to accept defeat and go to bed without linking up with Doodlebug’s for Five for Friday.
Last week we had an early dismissal on Friday for records keeping, but I wasn’t really read to do grades yet, so I used that time to plan for this week. It was so nice–I planned almost my entire week in those few hours, and I really was able to enjoy this weekend. In fact, I got so much done on Friday that the hubs and I spontaneously stopped by to play with the twinnies on Saturday afternoon. It was great. I wish we could have an early dismissal like that every Friday!
I’m hoping to try and figure out how to put this on my Facebook page in the next few days, but I wanted to share this with you via picture now. This is how I track my conferences during the week; I know that a lot of people plan their conferences by day, but I just basically cycle through and hit kids where I can. This generally means that I hit the kids at the beginning of the alphabet with writing conferences on Monday, and progress through. I generally try to change highlighter colors daily so that I can try to keep track of when I hit kids, but like I said, I’ll start at the beginning and go through the alphabet. If I’m having an insanely efficient week and get through all the kids before Thursday I’ll start back with the end of the alphabet kids, so that I might have two different conference with one kid in one day. But really that doesn’t happen very often. I’ve tried scheduling kids for days, but the reason I prefer this way is that I feel like it gives me freedom to conference flexibly and if something comes up where I can’t conference on one day for whatever reason those kids aren’t lost for the week. I usually keep my notes from conferences on address labels and then stick them into the appropriate binder later. I do keep a few notes on my conference sheet, as you can see, but the bulk of them go onto sticky labels. Just an idea, if you’re having a hard time tracking conferences. =)