For years I struggled with how to best record my observations and guided reading notes. I have looked at lots of different ideas online, and have tried several out in my own classroom. But, I always keep coming back to the simplicity of this form.
I developed it several years ago when working with the kindergarten teachers in my building. Their lesson plans for guided reading are stored separately, by book, and they needed the best way to store their observations during their daily guided reading groups. This form is designed to be used by student, and then stored by group. For me, this means in a binder I keep on my table. Because there is a form for each student, rather than by group, it’s really easy to rearrange as your groups change throughout the year. It also helps give you a quick look at students’ trends and improvements during guided reading lessons to help you focus your on-the-spot lessons or reteaching.
To see more about how I manage Guided Reading in my classroom, you can read my post with ideas for organization and planning- including my free guided reading lesson plan forms.