At the start of the year, I searched for an easy way to track those essential skills in my classroom. In past years, I kept different grade sheets – one for class involvement, one for homework, one for organization / preparedness, and kept all of these on a clipboard. Then I moved to a grid, where I could jot quick notes on each student, when needed. Both of these worked ok, but it was a lot of paperwork, and it slowed down both the recording and the grading. Given that I carry an IPad around my classroom, I figured there had to be a better way. Enter Sandy Wallach, who introduced me to this great tool, which is saving me a ton of time (and paper!):
This will bring you to your class page. Tracking a trait is a simple 2-click process: first, click the student name or names that you want to tag. This will open a pull-up menu from the bottom of the screen, listing positive and negative traits. Tap the one that applies. This automatically records the entry on the website.