Making sense of the enormous amount of student data in any classroom or school is probably the biggest challenge we face individually and in our school communities. Here you'll find everything from one-page templates created by teachers for use in their classrooms to videos of staff teams poring over large data sets. We don't have all the answers, but we do provide tools to help you ask better questions as you evaluate students and talk about assessments with your colleagues.
It's a quick journey from notetaking routines to notetaking ruts. This installment of the notetaking series focuses on ways to get out of the ruts that emerge naturally whenever any notetaking routine is established.
We close out the notetaking series with advice on setting notetaking goals.
Principal Karen Szymusiak interviews Ana, a second grader, to learn more about her strengths and needs as a reader.
Franki Sibberson finds nonfiction reading goals elevate the value of nonfiction in her grades 3-4 classroom.
Franki Sibberson prepares her grades 3-4 students for state examinations by helping them observe attributes and patterns in test questions.
Question It – Know It – Show It are the keys to test preparation in Andrea Smith's 4th grade classroom.
“Data cards” are ingeniously designed to allow an entire grade-level team to look at the reading levels of all students in the grade. In this four-minute video, “The Sisters” (Gail Boushey and Joan Moser) explain how they work.
Andrea Smith confers with two 4th graders in her classroom as part of test preparation.
Andrea Smith’s 4th graders debrief together after a test preparation workshop.
Gail Boushey leads a collaborative planning meeting between 4th grade teachers, literacy coaches, and the principal early in the year.
Franki Sibberson explains how “reflection sheets” work as an assessment tool in her classroom, replacing detailed notes from conferences.
In this video from a new teacher study group for grades 3-5 teachers, Jennifer Allen demonstrates how teachers can use assessment data to develop instructional plans for individual students and create curriculum maps for an entire class of students.
Teachers help define a literacy coach's role through a needs assessment survey.
Take time for this quick write and Brenda Power will have you conferring with yourself, considering new viewpoints and thoughtfully preparing for your "yeah but" colleagues.
If you struggle as a writer at report card time, these tips might give you ideas for streamlining your work.
Students are keen observers – put those talents to work in your classroom.
Brenda Power helps report card comment writers pack a punch in a few lines with positivity, honesty and some time-saving tips.
TheÂ Two-Column Notes eGuideÂ hasÂ 18 different options for notes in professional development settings.Â These templates are helpful to use in staff meetings and study groups while watching videos, or to focus observations during classroom visits
Andie Cunningham and Ruth Shagoury share the assessment tools they use to track Andie’s kindergarten writers.
Interviews early in the year are a potent tool for building a class community.
Melanie Meehan works with a new teacher to develop and administer a writing pre-assessment early in the school year.
Dana Murphy explains how her small-group planner is an essential tool for organizing groups in her fourth-grade classroom.
Justin Stygles describes the four crucial components of effective assessment.
Time is precious in classrooms, so Melanie Meehan shares strategies to ensure it isn't wasted at the start of new writing units by teaching skills students may already possess.
Christy Rush-Levine explores the way a shift in assessment questions can give students ownership of their thinking and responsibility for developing meaning from a text.
One skill at a time — here are some suggestions for a step-by-step approach to learning how to take good observational notes in the classroom.
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