Status of the Class is a classroom tool that can be used to track students’ independent reading, while also providing positive reinforcement and feedback regarding their reading habits. This digital version allows you to track students’ reading habits in Google Slides or PowerPoint, in the classroom or through distance learning. Use this tool during students’ independent reading time.
Easy to Prep:
- Choose the month you want to use.
- Optional: Add the school dates for the month.
- Make a copy of the page for every student in your class. Add student names at the top of each page.
Easy to Implement:
- During independent reading time, call out each student’s name, one at a time. Students should pause their reading and quickly to tell you the title of the book they are reading and what page they are on.
- Record the title and page number. If a student is reading the same book as the day before, there’s no need to write the title again. Just record the page number. (This helps speed things along!)
- If a student has completed a book since the previous day, then record an “F” for “Finished”. Likewise, record a “Q” if a student has “Quit” a book, or a “P” if they have “Paused” a book.
- Repeat daily, or as often as you can. All in all, this process takes about 5-10 minutes, depending on the class size. In the beginning it takes a bit longer. But once students are used to the routine, it’s a breeze!
Provide Meaningful Feedback:
This tool is not only used to monitor students’ reading progress. It also gives teachers an opportunity to provide students with meaningful feedback regarding their reading habits. Positive feedback can be given right on the spot, while most constructive feedback should be saved for individual reading conferences. Here are things to look out for during this time:
- Call attention to students who have read a lot from one day to the next. My students used to love this verbal reinforcement.
- Take note of students who do not seem to be reading much from day to day. They may need some gentle encouragement, or maybe the book they are reading is not a good fit.
- Congratulate students when they finish a book and ask what they thought about it. This is also a great time to make recommendations for other books.
- Ask students for feedback about a book if they decided to quit or pause what they were reading.
- Take note of students who are frequently quitting books or who seem to be finishing books very quickly.
- You will always know what your students are reading.
- You will know how quickly students are finishing books, and how often they are quitting books.
- Students know that they are being held accountable for their reading.
- You will be able to provide meaningful feedback about students’ reading habits.
- Most important, your students will LOVE it and will look forward to it each day. They won’t be able wait to report what page they are on compared to the previous day, or how excited they are to have finished a book!!!
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ANOTHER DIGITAL READING RESOURCE:
Assigning weekly reading homework has never been so easy!! Use these digital reading logs to hold students accountable for their independent reading at home. No need to have students record minutes or pages. Simply choose from a variety of reading tasks for students to respond to. Plus, with so many options, you can easily switch things up from week to week. Click HERE to take a close look at this Digital Weekly Reading Homework!!