Teaching Reading: 3-5 Workshop
Assessment and Accountability Reflect on Your Learning | Assessment and Accountability
What Did You Learn?
Consider what you have learned about assessment practices from Professor Au’s comments, the classroom examples, and the activities in this session. Write a summary what you have learned. Use the questions below to guide your thinking. When you have finished, save your written work to submit as an assignment and, if you are taking this workshop for credit, include it in your Literacy Practices Portfolio.
- Which classroom assessment practices most closely reflect what you do or would like to do?
- What are the challenges you face in implementing effective classroom assessment?
- What changes will you make to address those challenges?
- How can you prepare your students for high-stakes testing within your curriculum and instruction goals?
- How will you use the ideas from this workshop to improve your assessment of students’ literacy learning?
If you are taking this workshop for credit, complete the next section of the Literacy Practices Portfolio.
Create a Literacy Practices Portfolio
In this activity, you will continue to build your portfolio of instructional practices. When you have finished, save your written work to submit as an assigment. Your portfolio for this workshop will include the following:
- current practices in place in your classroom
- changes you would like to make
- a description of one change you have implemented
- evidence of student learning
1. Current practices
Include your Assessment Chart from What Do You Do? Then, describe how you assess reading and writing throughout the day. Consider the following questions:
- How often do you assess your students’ reading and writing?
- How do you provide feedback to your students on their reading and writing?
- How do you determine your students’ vocabulary strengths and needs?
- How do you assess comprehension and response to reading?
- Describe the routines in place to assure ongoing assessment of reading and writing (e.g., How do you decide which students to assess?).
- How do you document your students’ growth in reading and writing throughout the year?
- How do you share the results of your assessments with students and parents?
- How do you use the results to plan instruction?
2. Changes you would like to make
Include your written response from What Did You Learn?
3. One change you have implemented
a. Make a change
Choose one instructional change that you described in What Did You Learn? to implement now. What is your thinking behind making this change? Describe the change in detail and explain how it will be implemented (e.g., an instructional practice, a lesson plan, a plan for modeling a strategy, etc.). What are the expected outcomes for student learning? Design a lesson plan and implement this change.
b. Reflect on the change
Write a brief reflection about what worked when you implemented this change and what you will change the next time you teach this lesson. (If you are taking this workshop during the summer, describe the learning goals and expected outcomes of this change.)
4. Evidence of student learning
In this section of your portfolio, you will submit evidence documenting student learning. Select one student whom you have assessed in reading or writing. Include two to three performance samples and a record of your assessment. Write a paragraph describing the student’s performance and the instruction you will use to improve it. Listed below are possible pieces of evidence:
- a rubric with sample attached
- anecdotal records
- a retelling with tape recording or retelling form
- results of informal reading assessment
- Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)
- Qualitative Reading Inventory (QRI)
- a piece of writing with student self-assessment
8.2 Analyze the Video | Assessment and Accountability
Watch the video, "Assessment and Accountability," taking notes as you watch. After you watch, jot down your answers to the questions below. If you prefer to watch the video in segments, pause the video when you see the next chapter heading.
Supplementary: Focused Anecdotal Records Assessment: A Tool for Standards-Based, Authentic Assessment
Workshop 1 Creating Contexts for Learning
This session examines how classroom organization, routines, and grouping practices can enhance literacy skills in the middle grades. Literacy expert Jeanne Paratore discusses teaching strategies that foster reading and writing skills. Classroom examples illustrate the research.
Workshop 2 Fluency and Word Study
This session focuses on how students in the middle grades develop vocabulary and reading fluency. Literacy expert Richard Allington discusses specific teaching strategies that help build fluency and vocabulary, illustrated by classroom examples.
Workshop 3 Building Comprehension
Comprehending text is one of the main goals of reading. In this session, literacy expert Nell Duke discusses what good readers do and strategies teachers can use to help students build comprehension skills. Classroom footage provides examples of comprehension strategies.
Workshop 4 Writing
This workshop examines the relationship between reading and writing in the middle grades. Literacy expert Nadeen Ruiz discusses the connections, conventions, and inventions that provide a framework for teaching writing, illustrated by classroom examples.
Workshop 5 New Literacies of the Internet
This workshop focuses on the evolving use of networked technology in education. Literacy expert Donald Leu discusses strategies that help students effectively read, write, and communicate on the Internet. Classroom examples illustrate strategies for using Internet resources in the classroom.
Workshop 6 Teaching English Language Learners
Changing classroom demographics call for a range or teaching strategies. In this session, literacy expert Robert Jim�nez discusses strategies teachers can use to create a successful learning environment for all students, while supporting English language learners. Classroom examples illustrate the research.
Workshop 7 Teaching Diverse Learners
In this session, literacy expert Dorothy Strickland discusses how teachers can meet the diverse needs of readers and writers in their classrooms. Classroom examples and teaching strategies address different aspects of diversity, including culture, language, background, ability, and learning approaches.
Workshop 8 Assessment and Accountability
This session explores assessment, standards, and outcomes. Literacy expert Kathy Au discusses the strategies teachers can use to assess students' understanding in reading and writing. Classroom examples illustrate how students can participate in their own assessment.
Supplementary Workshop 6 - Teaching English Language Learners
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