Monday, June 23, 2014

Assement... blech... What a Word!

Welcome back readers!! Week 2 of our Book Study is live and ready to go! I am excited to announce that this week's host is Jennifer Tice at Rowdy in First Grade. Make sure to click over to her site to see her thoughts and grab a freebie!!

Rowdy in First Grade

This whole week was about assessment... which, as a teacher, is not the most favorite word to hear. But I do completely agree with Jan Richardson that it is one of the most important parts of Guided Reading.

1.  What part of the reading caught your attention?  Maybe it's something you never thought about.  Maybe it's something that you've been trying to get a grip on.  Maybe it's something that you've never heard quite they way it was put.
Assessment is the most important part of STARTING Guided Reading. When you think about it, guided reading groups can not even begin to form in your classroom until you have assessed students for their levels. 

2.  How do you already incorporate this into your guided reading routine?  There's probably at least some part of the chapter that you're already doing!  Tell us about it!
When teaching Kindergarten, you have to assess everyone of your students. At my last school, every teacher was required to pass on the students' last reading level from the previous year. This saves so, so much time at the beginning of the year for the next year teacher.

3.  What is something new you want to try next school year?  How do you want to make your guided reading time better or what new things do you want to try?
Again, because of how my new job is... I actually won't be doing Guided Reading at all next year. If I was, I really love the idea of using word lists with the upper grades as a starting point to assess students levels.

4.  What are some resources that you ALREADY HAVE that you can use to teach what you read about in this chapter/section?
Assessment resources abound at my school as well as on line. When using the new Fountas and Pinnell leveling set, there are word lists included that allow teachers to pin point about what level to start new students on. It's a wonderful resource to use!

Don't forget about my recording pack! I have 15 hours left on my giveaway for 5  people to get a pack!!
Guided Reading Recording Success

Because my set has been such an amazing help to me, I'm going to giveaway 5 of them!! Just register in the rafflecopter below!

Don't forget to read what others have as well! There might even be a freebie or two :)



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  1. Hi Jennifer - For some reason the rafflecopter is not working for me. I'm logged in but it doesn't have any entries. Not sure if it's my problem or something over there. The pack looks great BTW. Thanks.

    1. Thank you so much for letting me know! It's all set up now. I figured out the problem.. it was totally on my end! So sorry!