Record keeping is an important part of teaching, the main reasons for it are to assist with planning, to set future learning goals and it is a legal requirement. Records may contain learner’s information as well as a teacher’s observation on the learner’s performance.
Some examples of records that must be kept are:
• Attendance – An attendance record must be kept so the teacher has an idea of where learners may fall behind with learning through non attendance. It must also be kept to comply with current health and safety legislation.
• Behaviour – A behaviour record must be kept, to make sure ground rules are followed and to aid in giving out rewards and negative consequences.
• Learner needs – Records of learners needs must be taken to establish who needs more help or who is ready for more extensive work by assessing better or worse progress than expected.
• Learning style’s – It is useful to keep records of an individuals / groups learning style, so sessions and activities can be planned to suit.
• Marking / assessing work – This is important as it is a way to make sure that learning has taken place and also a teacher will be able to ascertain if a learner has acquired the skills and/or knowledge needed at a given point.
Gravells, A. (2008) Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector 3rd Edition Exeter: Learning matters
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