Thanks for reading my post and adding your comment. I hope you are enjoying your pre-service teaching! I am not exactly sure if I understand what you are asking since we may have a different understanding of the word "tracking." When I say that I "keep track" of my students' skills, this is done so that I can better understand them as readers. Most of my record keeping is done in the form of notes that include my personal observations of what I notice about my students as readers. As students are meeting in groups, the discreet notes that I take do not interfere with the discussion. Oftentimes students are unaware that I am even writing, and there are also times when I makes notes after the group is finished meeting. I am not sure if there would be any difference in their performance if I did not keep anecdotal records, but I do know that I would be less capable of providing them with appropriate reading instruction in future lessons if I did not keep track of the things I notice as they are reading. I love this strategy group organizer because it allows me to reread my notes and better organize my students by needs rather than just by their reading "level."
I hope I've answered your question! Good luck with the rest of your pre-service teaching!
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