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Avery Labels for Conference Notes

I want to share with you how I take notes when I meet with my students during Reader's Workshop.  I used to carry around a large binder (think 3 inches wide), but it was too bulky!  I felt that it got in the way of my conference.  And, if I was meeting with a group of students, I was constantly flipping the pages back and forth.

Insert my bright idea:
I use Avery labels on a clipboard!  So easy to carry around.  I use the large shipping labels since there is more room to write on.

When I was teaching second grade, I used to print  fill-in-the blanks sections on each label.  This made it easy to fill it in as I conference with my students.

Now that I am in fifth grade, I print just the students names on the label and lines to write on (I need lines!).  Having the student names on the labels make it easy to see at a quick glance which students I have met with that week and which ones I still need to conference with.

After I finish my conferences for the day, I place them in the student's folder.  This way I have all their information together in one place.  I can easily pull it out during conferences to share information with their parents.  The labels could also be place on individual pages in a binder.

I hope you found this helpful!  Using Avery labels is definitely one of my favorite classroom tricks.

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  1. I love the idea of using the labels! You could make them up to contain whatever information you are looking for. I have some extra labels and now I know what I am going to do! Kindergarten testing is coming right up for third quarter. I will be making good use of this idea!

    Terri Izatt

  2. Wow, Sara! I love this idea. I am really, really terrible at keeping the data I should be. This is a simple and easy way to keep track of where my kids are. Thank you!

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  3. How simple and easy to implement! Love it Sara!

    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

  4. Love the labels, Sara! I used to use labels too. But I never printed them like this to have all that information. I love it!
    Conversations in Literacy

  5. Love this! Thanks for the idea!!

    Alexis at Laugh. Eat. Learn.

  6. Super tip. Easy to organize and find later for documentation!

    Buzzing with Ms. B

  7. I love this idea! I use the Pensieve from the Daily 5 ladies, but am still trying to figure out the best way to take my notes and then keep them all in one place!! Thanks for such a great tip!

    Mrs. 3rd Grade 

  8. Love this idea! I use labels a lot for grading writing and can easily adapt them for conferencing as well.

  9. Such a great idea! I love how easy the labels are and how you mentioned typing the students' names on the labels to help make sure you meet with everyone! I'm definitely going to do this next year! Thank you!!!

    Lessons with Laughter


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