Daniel: How I keep track. Each child has a spiral notebook and i essentially wite the book and the page number that they’re on. If you watch the observation videos, you will see me constantly referring to those notebooks, because I can’t remember what 90 kids are doing from week to week. So that notebook is my way of remembering what the child is doing. I can look back through previous weeks and see how long they’ve been working on a song and that sort of thing. That is for me and for the parent. I get a sense that the kids don’t look at that notebook all that much. I don’t care.
Early on when the group felt a little more challenging to teach, when I had four at the very beginning, I felt like I didn’t have enough time. I now see five kids at a time and I feel bored most of the time. And that’s on me. Obviously, I could do different things, but I’ve just gotten them to a certain level and I’ve got things down to the system that works for me. But anyway, my point is is that early on with the notebooks, I actually had a short hand. I left little codes for myself. I would write them in the margins in tiny, tiny text, and it was like something only I would understand, so I knew what concepts to reinforce the next week. So I would write these little cryptic-like symbols that meant certain things to me. I’m a nerd that way, but if a kid forgot their notebook the next week, it was like, “Ah, you’ve got to remember to bring that notebook. Now I don’t know what to do.” Fortunately that didn’t last for very long.