The keeping-track sheet is a must-have page in our conferring notebooks. We record the date each time we meet with a student for a one-on-one conference, making it easy to see whom we need to meet with next.
An idea we got from Matt Glover makes this recording sheet even more valuable. When conferring, we sometimes ask students to share with the group before the workshop ends. Now when they share a challenge and/or success at the end of the literacy or writing workshop block, we circle the date (see photo). This makes it really easy to see who needs a turn to share.
We lift the status of children when we share their writing or use them as mentors for the class. This little tip makes it easy to keep track so we can make sure everyone gets his or her moment in the spotlight.