Hi friends! This blog is for teachers and families- all for the sheer joy of literacy. When we are enthusiastic about reading and writing our students and our own kids become excited to read and write. I hope that we all can be models for those in our care- how did you show your passion for reading, writing, learning, language, or words today?? It's in those small, daily moments that we teach kids to love literacy.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Assessment Woes and Wahoos!

I have been holed up all day giving reading assessments. We're finishing Cycle 2 of our RtI Interventions, and after spring break we head into Cycle 3. I have 2 helpful interventionists Dibeling away, so I began DRAing my 30 intervention students. I'll join in with DIBELing as soon as I'm done DRAing (don't ya love these reading assessments turning into verbs!)

There was a lot of growth to be exciting about today! Some kiddos are working their tails off and made leaps and bounds. While a few, didn't make such stellar progress. It's interesting to think about the kids that aren't making progress- we will make an action plan to better support their learning going into Cycle 3.

Today I had a teacher remark, "This is the exciting thing about RtI!" One of her students moved from a DRA 4 (Kinder level) at the beginning of the year to a 16 (end of 1st grade level) mid-year. What awesome progress! And with the RtI model, he'll be exited from pull-out intervention and back into the class full-time (the goal!!). I'm glad to see folks positive about RtI- we had a lot of negative push back at for a while.

So for the next couple of weeks I'll be assessing away- wish me luck!

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