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A Blueprint for Literacy Success Chapter 6: Putting It All Together
This is the final chapter and Sandra provides a four step continuous teaching -learning cycle. It is:
1. Assess exactly what each child can do
2. Design learning experiences based on what children know
3. Help children succeed in their attempts
4. Evaluate the children's progress
I have provided a link here to some early assessments that may help get you started.
Kindergarten Writing Developmental Scale and Year Long Scoring Guide from Mrs. Will's Kindergarten
Free letter/sound assessment from Kristina Nakanishi
Some great assessment forms from Prekinders - literacy, math, and fine motor!
I also thought it would be great to share our resources in the discussion section. Please share any assessments you use in the first four weeks of school that help drive your instruction here: http://community.educationworld.com/content/assessment?gid=NDYzMg==
Sandra suggests setting up a literacy profile for each child in your class and gathering information both formally and informally. She suggests to collect and date work samples each week - one drawing, writing and handwriting sample. I love this idea! How great to have this all in one place to evaluate and share progress for instruction as well as to inform parents!
Again, Sandra provides some solid scripted examples of explicitly teaching letters in this case. It is a great reminder on how as teachers we can infuse teaching throughout the day in different contexts.
To help children succeed Sandra points out how important it is to think aloud as we demonstrate the task or lesson so children know exactly what to do. Additionally provide different opportunities to practice and problem solve as they are learning new skills and strategies. Question the children to assess their learning and next steps, allow for independent practice and finally give specific and positive feedback.
Wow! So that concludes our first book in our cyber book club!