Thursday, June 30, 2011

Checking In

Sometimes my thoughts on the Daily 5 jump around and today I was thinking about how students will check in.

On the 27th, Gail and Joan (The 2 Sisters) held a workshop on the Daily 5 in Washington. Lori Sabo (@lorilovesbooks) sent out this tweet that really struck me: "It takes time to check in. It just does. But it's time well spent and an important part of accountability."

Accountability and choice are two of the main reasons why the Daily 5 appeals to me.

I found this Choice Sheet. Students' names are put in the blank space next to the days of the week and check marks (or Xs or stars!) are made after students have made their choice. I cannot find where I originally got this sheet, so if you know, please let me know--I'd like to give credit where credit is due!!

I would like to use the SMART Board to have my students check in between each round and so I created a notebook file for the 4 choices we will have each round. In the middle column would be each student's name or initials. Students will slide their name or initials to the box for the choice they'll make. Given that my board only allows 1 student to touch it at a time and I do not have a mounted projector, I am not sure this will be the most feasible option, but I am going to give it a try!

Other Accountability Resources:
Mrs. Bainbridge's Student checklist--> this seems like a great sheet & the kid icons are cute, but no brown faces :(
Mrs. Grochocki's Stamina Graphs

How do your students check in?
How do you keep track of the choices your students make?


  1. Thanks for those great ideas of how to have the kiddos check in. I especially like the read to self graph for stamina!!!

  2. Thanks for stopping by Mrs. W. I love the stamina graphs for read to self, too. Kids like a challenge :)

    I realized that if anyone wants to do a little more data collection and observation on kids you could write the number of the rotation that the child does each activity on the choice sheet (1 for the first rotation, etc.). I am sure there would be patterns!

  3. Your blog is PHENOMENAL!!! I am so glad I found it!! Keep up the great work! The collaboration is so inspiring! You make me want to be a better teacher!!!! BRAVO and Thank you!!!!

  4. Thank you for stopping by! Hope that you will continue to check in throughout the journey!

  5. I've been thinking about the same tweet. :0) Love your thinking and reflecting.

  6. I just have a check-in sheet that only I use. They just walk up to me, tell me their choice, and get going on their Daily 5. I circle whatever they told me and I keep track of what choices they made for each day and it has Monday-Friday on it. :)