There may be a time when you need to provide additional informal data/information about students (for evaluations, parents, administrators). Anecdotal Records are simply short, handwritten notes about students. When portfolio "authentic" assessments and the Whole Language movement exploded in the 1990's, we were taught about these in education courses.
To keep these records, I made a form with a box for each students' name. The form can be used for the day or for the entire week. I jot down anything out of the ordinary, any problems or successes. I store the pages in a binder, so I can refer to them when needed. Click here for a sample sheet. Here is an example of my anecdotal records: