Cruisin' Clipboards are wonderful tools for formative assessment. I keep mine located on my desk in an easy to access spot. As my students are working, I grab my clipboard and document student progress on a skill as I casually observe their work. This is also the place I stick my post-it note exit tickets (see previous post). I sort the exit tickets by those that master the skill and those that need extra assistance.
One way to organize your clipboard is to have a class list sectioned off into mini-boxes. I write the date and/or skill that I am formatively assessing and highlight or circle the students that I notice need extra help with that particular skill. A third grade teammate of mine uses different colors of copy paper for her class lists. One color represents math skills, the other reading.
During the last minutes of the day, I have a blocked off intervention time. This is when those students that need reteaching are pulled together in a small group.
The teacher assistant in my room last year made my clipboard for me, but there are cute tutorials on Pinterest if you want to create a jazzed up cruisin' clipboard. Click here to go to a webpage that gives step-by-step directions on how to decorate clipboards like the ones pictured.
front of clipboard
back of clipboard