by: Cherie DuPuy
A couple of weeks ago, I attended an SDE conference in Charlotte, N.C. The speaker was the energetic and entertaining, Kim Adsit. Being a teacher, I am always looking for new and creative ways to make the classroom run smoother and Kim gave me a lot of fresh ideas. I thought I would share a two ideas with you today.
As the end of the year quickly approaches, assessments are on everyone’s minds. Kim’s way of tackling assessments is to sit down at the beginning of the year and split up all the standards. Each week, she would cover 2 math and 2 literacy standards. Then when the end of the year approached, she wasn’t feeling the crunch because she had been assessing throughout the year. These ongoing assessments also helped her know who needed to be retaught the lesson through small group.
This is a great way to show progress throughout the year. When conference time comes, you can pull out the journals and show the growth the child has made. For the child that is at or above grade level, have the next grade’s writing rubric there to show the parent what you will be working on with them.
I really enjoyed hearing Kim speak and she energized me as the end of the year approaches. If Kim comes anywhere near you, and you are a pre-K thru 1st grade teacher, I highly recommend taking her class. You won’t regret it!