Some of the big questions I have heard are:
What exactly should I be writing down?
When should I be taking notes?
How do I take notes on a whole group?
What do I do with those notes?
How do I translate my notes into grades?
The answers to some of those questions can vary slightly depending on the constraints of your district. For example, mine does not yet use a standards based report card. So, the question regarding the translation of notes into grades may be answered differently for us than it would be in a district using a standards based report card. If you even believe the notes should be used for summative grading purposes! Personally, I fall firmly in the formative category but as I noted, we must all work within the parameters of our district's implementation.
One of my definite positions on the topic is that I believe tying your notes to the CCCS is a must. I have not seen a whole lot out there that does this. If we are using the standards to delineate what our students need to achieve, how can we not use them to guide us on instruction and assessment? Using the CCCS to assist in taking anecdotal records is just one part of the tutorial I am working on. I've also been doing a lot of professional reading on the topic. Once I finish putting it all together, my plan is to share it all with you here. No date on that yet, as I am still in the beginning "work in progress" stage, but it will probably be at the end of the summer.
However, before I pull all this together, I would love to hear some thinking outside of my district. There are so many different methods and forms for taking notes and so many varied ways to use them. It can be very easy to become overwhelmed by all the note taking. I would love a better idea of what struggles and success others have had when it comes to anecdotal records in reading.
If you have a minute, please take a few and let me know what your struggles and success have been with anecdotal records in the comment section. Please feel free to let your comments be a long as they need to be! I know this is a broad topic, and I truly appreciate the time you take in offering your thoughts.