AKA… After I assess them, NOW what?
We are back in school. I spent the first few days going over schedules, routines, set up, clean up, etc. As the week went on, we got better.
Now, it’s time to introduce content. I need them to start working so I can ASSESS.
ASSESS for WHAT?
First grade is ALL ABOUT READING!
Small groups are leveled so I can reach each student at their level and help them become
BETTER, INDEPENDENT READERS!
HOW? How do I know?
Assessments drive your instruction.
DATA. What DO they know? What DON’T they know?
All of this data becomes the source of my instruction.
If I have a concept that a LOT of them don’t know…. whole class lesson!
RETEACH THE WHOLE CLASS!
BUT, if only a FEW are missing a skill or strategy…SMALL GROUPS!
Reteach it during small groups.
I use MULTIPLE ASSESSMENTS.
Curriculum, DRA, Running Records, BPST, Letter sounds/names, blending, segmenting, sight words, etc.
PLEASE…. DO NOT sit a child down and assess for more than 15 minutes!
Better to assess over DAYS than HOURS!
You want to know what they truely know.
I put ALL of my data on a spreadsheet,
I like to see ALL of it together.
Look for patterns.
Do they know letter names & sounds?
6 kids are “inconsistent”? GROUP THEM FOR practice! Small intervention group with letters, white boards, & pictures,
Your first small group is ready to go!
Missing sight words?
BAM! Small group for sight word practice, reading with the teacher, writing sight words in sentences, and more sight word practice.
Fluency? Do they “robot read”?
Another strategy small group! Fluency practice. I read. You read. We read. I read. YOU read. WE read.
They need to hear YOU for fluency & intonnation practice.
Here are some “helpers” for small groups that I found on PINTEREST!
- Decipher your data. (Look for patterns).
- Make your small groups.
- Regroup students ( keep groups fluid).
- Again. And again, And again!
- Watch them GROW!
- SMILE. You are great!
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