When I observe a classroom, I use Evernote to document my observations– both for me and for the teacher. Here is my documentation system I’ve been working for an informal/min-observation:
1. Before entering a classroom, I open a new note Evernote on my phone.
2. As I am observing the lesson, with the new Evernote note open, I try to snap a picture of what’s going on in class, something written on the board, or a classroom display. Other than snapping a picture or two, I just watch and listen rather than type notes– that’s for later. However, I will type something quickly to post on Twitter.
3. Once I’m finished observing, I step into the hallway and type a few notes, questions I have, or a reminder for me. (Since I’m usually walking in the hallway, I tap the microphone on my keyboard and speak my notes.)
4. Following Kim Marshall’s method of observation, conversation, and documentation (click here to learn more), I try to have a conversation with the teacher later that day or the next. (Note: I’m still working on this. It’s harder than it sounds!)
5. After I have a conversation with the teacher, I go back to the Evernote note I started in Step 1, and I type my observation and ideas from the conversation. I save the note in my “2013-2014 Teacher Observations” notebook and I tag the note with the teacher’s last name.
6. When I’m finished, I email the observation note to the teacher.
I’m still learning how to do this whole admin thing, but I’ve found that this system works– I just need to use it more consistently. I’ve found that Including a picture in the observation is great for documentation, and tagging the notes with the teacher’s last name is great because I can do a quick search to pull up all of my observations for each teacher.
Hopefully this gives you some ideas on how you could use Evernote for documentation. Don’t forget about the audio recording capabilities in a note. I’ve used that for some observations and found it helpful.
There isn’t one right way to use Evernote for documenting observations. How do you use Evernote to documentation observations? Share below.