One of the coolest new features in Moodle 1.9 is the notes tool. Notes are available to any teacher when viewing an individual student’s profile page. Clicking on the Notes tab for a student lets the teacher create a small block of text fot that student (i.e. the note). This text can be private (for the teacher only), for the course (other teachers in the course can see it), or even available to teachers throughout the site.
I think this feature could be really valuable as we work in our teams with the 8th grade. Posting a note about a student’s progress or performance is a great way to “keep tabs” on each of them as they work and would be an invaluable collaboration tool, too. I plan to share this tool with some colleagues this year to see what we can make of it.