Off the record: keeping track and staying organized

As we get into full swing in second semester, I wanted to write about record keeping. We get so bogged down with lessons, assignments, grading, meetings, etc. that we often forget details. Even the most organized and veteran teachers find themselves feeling like they’re “losing their mind” in the midst of all the chaos.

One particular type of record keeping that I’ve been better about this year is student and parent interactions. I think we all know the importance of being able to recall exactly when we had a conversation with a student, parent, counselor, or administrator. There will inevitably be that time when you must send a student to the counselor or office, and upon hearing about it, the parent asks, Why didn’t you tell me about it before? This scenario becomes particularly frustrating when you have tried to contact them (three times to be exact, and you even had a conversation with them), but you can’t recall when or prove it. That’s where record keeping comes in to save the day!

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