Teaching Reading: K-2 Workshop
Before You Watch | Using Assessment To Guide Instruction
The video for this session examines assessment practices that measure student performance and progress, and inform instructional decisions. In her lecture, Dr. Jeanne R. Paratore reviews the principles of classroom-based assessment and engages the workshop participants in a discussion of their own assessment practices. The participants then watch and discuss a set of classroom excerpts illustrating Dr. Paratore’s lecture. In the final activity, workshop participants assess a first-grader’s reading and writing samples.
Materials Needed for This Session
Student’s performance sample or assessment record
Throughout this session, questions are posed to guide you through the topic. If you are working in a group, discuss your responses; if you are working alone, reflect on them in your journal.
To prepare for the workshop session, you will tap your prior knowledge, read two articles on assessment, and review important terms.
What do you already know?
Print and complete the Assessment Semantic Map (PDF).
Assignment: Save your Assessment Semantic Map to update and revise throughout the session.
Read these articles:
Literacy Assessment Part: 1 | 2 | 3 (PDF)
Winograd, P., and H. J. Arrington. “Best Practices in Literacy Assessment.” In Gambrell, L. B., et al., eds. Best Practices in Literacy Instruction. 2d. ed., 218-241. New York, N.Y.: The Guilford Press, 1999.
Assessing Reading Part: 1 | 2 | 3 (PDF)
Harp, B., and J. Brewer. “Assessing Reading and Writing in the Early Years.” In Strickland, D. S., and L. M. Morrow, eds. Beginning Reading and Writing, 154-167. New York, N.Y.: Teachers College Press, 2000.
Review these important terms:
Revise your chart:
Return to your Assessment Semantic Map. Add any new thoughts, ideas, or questions based on your readings and review of important terms.
Workshop 1 Creating a Literate Community
In this session, you will investigate and apply research-based principles for creating effective classroom routines and environments.
Workshop 2 Supporting the English Language Learner
In this session, you will investigate and apply research-based principles of effective early literacy instruction for English Language Learners.
Workshop 3 Word Study and Fluency
In this session, you will investigate and apply research-based principles of word study and fluency in early literacy.
Workshop 4 Comprehension and Response
In this session, you will investigate and apply research-based principles of effective comprehension instruction in early literacy.
Workshop 5 Teaching Writing as a Process
In this session, you will investigate and apply research-based principles on writing instruction in early literacy.
Workshop 6 Differentiating Instruction
In this session, you will investigate and apply research-based principles of differentiating instruction in early literacy.
Workshop 7 Using Assessment To Guide Instruction
In this session, you will investigate and apply research-based principles of assessment in early literacy.
video 8 Connecting School and Home
In this session, teachers will examine their beliefs on how parents contribute to students' literacy and their own roles in engaging parents as partners in student motivation and learning. They will discuss their own interactions with parents and explore ways they might build on existing practices.