Anecdotal Notes

for guided reading groups

What are Anecdotal Notes?

Anecdotal notes are used to record specific observations of individual student behaviors, skills and attitudes as they relate to the outcomes in the program of studies. Such notes provide cumulative information on student learning and direction for further instruction. Anecdotal notes are often written as the result of ongoing observations during the lessons but may also be written in response to a product or performance the student has completed. They are brief, objective and focused on specific outcomes. Notes taken during or immediately following an activity are generally the most accurate.

Reading the Text

Take a few minutes to read pages 210-212.

STOP when you get to Discussing and Revisiting the Text.

Guiding Readers and Writers by Fountas and Pinnell can be found in the Literacy Library.

What is the purpose of anecdotal notes?

  • provide information regarding a student's development over a period of time
  • provide ongoing records about individual instructional needs
  • capture observations of significant behaviors that might otherwise be lost
  • provide ongoing documentation of learning that may be shared with students, parents and teachers.