Anecdotal records: The teacher records the student’s name, the date, time, setting of the event, name of the observer along with details about what the student said, what other students said, and what the teacher observed. It is not evaluative and objective. Interpretations of the event are made below, separately after considering the child’s development.
Checklists: Information is quickly recorded using a prepared list of observations anticipated for the activity. Teachers can record one or many students at the same time.
Participation Chart: Using shorthand symbols and a table listing student names and times of the day, teachers can track activities students engage in. It can be modified for different uses, but generally tracks times of participation.
Rating Scales: Teachers can rate the quality of a specific skill on the spot using a prepared table listing the skills and the degrees of proficiency. If a teacher chooses to rate a single skill, one table can be used for all students.
Visual documentation: Using technology to record images or video of students interacting is another way to document critical events in an objective way for study later on.