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October 3, 2012

Student Observation Sheet

A parent emailed me last week and wanted to come in on 
Tuesday afternoon to chat.

I love working with parents - heck, I am a parent - but when I'm not sure if the conversation is going to be a good one I get nervous.  

I second guess myself and my abilities at times.  

Since parent/teacher conferences are right around the corner in a few weeks, I wanted to create a "cheat sheet" that I could record on for each child.  You know... just something that I could make sure that I knew exactly what I noticed about that one child in the different subjects (at this moment in time) - how they focus, how they learn, etc - before I sit down with each family.  Just something to have in addition to all the assessments that I will pull out to show.  

Since this conference was happening earlier than normal, I 
created the following sheet so I could test it out by filling it in 
over a couple of days.
It was a hit with the parents.  In fact, they wanted me to make a copy so they could take it with them to share with a doctor and a tutor.

Just be warned if you download - they might want a copy too. It's over at Google Docs.  By recommendation I saved it as a PDF so the font would remain the same.  Here it is a .doc format as well.  Hope it works!  


  1. I love this! Great timing. Thanks for making and sharing. I'm having trouble getting to the doc - did I miss a step by clicking on your Google Docs link? Thank you!

  2. I love it too. I had to request access to the document though. :)

  3. I guess I only changed one of the settings to public - now both of them should work. I'm sorry it didn't work earlier.

  4. I love the document. We have conferences coming up too. I think I will be using something very similar. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. LOVE it! I like your thinking, Emily!

    1. With my unique group this year I need as much documentation as possible. :)

  6. This is great, thanks!!

  7. I cannot stress enough the importance of regular math facts practice. I still see students making mistakes in larger problems due to inaccuracy with their basic facts. Please work with your child daily on his/her basic facts. This can include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Practice can be done orally, on the computer, or by writing out problems.

    Math facts

    1. I agree. Math facts are so important. My students work on them in class every day, and each night for homework. I'm so glad there are so many fun websites that make them want to practice.


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