Category Archives: Assessment

How to Use Detailed Rubrics to Guide Your Writing Instruction

How to Use Detailed Rubrics to Guide Your Writing Instruction

A detailed writing rubric is worth its weight in gold! (Actually…maybe it’s worth a lot more than that, because a sheet of paper doesn’t weigh very much.Ā šŸ˜) But anyway…you get what I’m saying! Detailed writing rubrics are very valuable, because they a) help us get a clear picture of how students are doing (much more…Continue Reading

How to Assess K-2 Studentsā€™ Writing in a Writing Workshop Model

How to Assess K-2 Studentsā€™ Writing in a Writing Workshop Model

In the writing workshop model, assessing or grading studentsā€™ writing can be a challenge. Students are typically choosing different topics, selecting which strategies they want to apply, finishing their writing at different times…it can feel a little ā€œall over the place.ā€ So how do you assess their work in a consistent, easy-to-manage way? My personal…Continue Reading

How To Analyze Running Records (And Get a Ton of Valuable Information About Your Beginning Readers!)

How To Analyze Running Records (And Get a Ton of Valuable Information About Your Beginning Readers!)

This might sound strange, but I love it when my littleĀ readers make mistakes. And it’s definitely not because I want to see them fail! Rather, seeingĀ thoseĀ mistakes gives meĀ incredible information about what my studentsĀ canĀ do, as well as what they’reĀ not yet doing. It helps me figure out what decoding strategies to teach, what phonics patterns they need…Continue Reading

Communication Logs: A Tool for Teacher Collaboration

Communication Logs: A Tool for Teacher Collaboration

Teacher collaborationĀ is key to students’ success, especially when a child works with multiple teachers throughout the day. Ā Honestly, though, it’s hard to find the time to collaborate with our colleagues. Even when we are lucky enough to have common plan periods or a regular meeting schedule, talking about how to help individual kids doesn’t always…Continue Reading

This Week in Intervention: Kindergarten Literacy Assessment

This Week in Intervention: Kindergarten Literacy Assessment

First of all, holy cow!  It has been about 5 weeks since I was able to do my weekly “This Week in Intervention” post.  Thanks to Christmas break, some snow days, and lots and lots of assessing/data crunching, I haven’t seen kids for intervention for a full week since the second week in December.  Yikes!But this…Continue Reading

Meaningful End-Of-Unit Projects

Meaningful End-Of-Unit Projects

Hey there!  Today I’m blogging about something related to one of my very favorite teaching topics – integrated/thematic units!  When I was in the classroom, creating integrated units was one of my very favorite things to do.  I love tying science and social studies learning into literacy instruction (and math-, when possible).  When my kids…Continue Reading

Children’s Oral Language & Literacy Development

Children’s Oral Language & Literacy Development

Oral language often takes a backseat to other subjects in the curriculum. Ā We do curriculum mapping to make sure we cover all of the reading, writing, and math standards for our students, but how often do we map out a plan for addressing oral language skills? Ā In my state, Illinois, we use the Common Core…Continue Reading