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We have been in school now for a month, and I just started meeting with small groups last week. I'm sure you are wondering what took so long, but our literacy resource team has been busy!
Trust me, it's hard not starting the year meeting with students. Can I tell you a little secret? Some days I'd rather be meeting with students than with teachers!
Instead, from day one, the literacy team has . . .
- Administered the district "quick and dirty" universal screener for almost 500 students
- Scored assessments and entered data into the data system
- Encouraged and shared resources for classroom teachers to utilize the time to create a reading community and confer with readers
- Dug deeper to validate data to determine specific interventions mandated by law (RtI)
- Administered Fountas and Pinnell Benchmarking for students not meeting target scores - easily 20 to 30 minutes per student
- Discussed fidelity of scoring
- Triangulated data and created a spreadsheet to organize it to easily digest
- Planned and met with grade level teams to share data
- Reviewed data and group students by needs and reading behaviors
- Visited classrooms to talk about reading
- Met with individual teachers regarding questions and concerns and document student interventions
- Assisted teachers asking great questions regarding: Write Tools, guided reading, CAFE, Daily 5, Fountas and Pinnell 1st 20 days, Words Their Way
A month into school and we are now meeting with students. Yes, a month later. But we have gained valuable information about our readers. It takes time. Lots of time.
I never want to doubt the time we dedicate to assessment, especially when it is assessment for learning.
And, finally, I'm doing what I love most -- meeting with my small groups. Cultivating a classroom of learning around books. Connecting readers to books. Conversing about new titles. Contributing old favorites. Creating voracious readers and writers.