Cheryl and I have spent a lot of time this month talking about formative assessment activities (do we need to document EXACTLY how much and when? Or is just knowing we've been doing it enough? Because it has been numerous conversations across many occasions). These conversations have included the best ways to use our Panther Prowl time, as well as our thoughts on how this new process is going. This has been a massive conversation and focus for all of the kindergarten team over the past month. Our Panther Prowl time, as we are working with leveled groups, specific needs, etc, is very much formative assessment based. We have been looking at tools and activities that would help us to monitor student progress more effectively than the DIBELS benchmarking which has been used in the past. I recently found a weekly assessment sheet which aligns with our Scott Foresman series, and would give us a good picture of student skills. We are looking into it further to see if it would be a good fit for time vs. the information gathered. That has been our other major conversation this month--how to find the time to do everything, formative and summative assessment included, that we must do within our day. We are both really feeling as if our schedules are much tighter this year, and we are not finding the time to be able to do many of the things we have done in the past. We have discussed the possible implications of these changes on student achievement.
Golly. That got wordy. Did I get everything, Cheryl?
This month was working on report cards and helping team members. Also looking at formative assessment during daily 5 and how to help students self-assess during that time. Time was also spent changing reading groups to become more "independent" and self assess not only their learning but also behavior.
Bethany and I met in October to discuss our new math series. We love that there are so many formative assessment pieces built right in to the flow of each chapter, but it has been difficult to know what to do with the data. We are also struggling with how to transform the data into report card grades and how it will work with standards-based grading and report cards next year. Just lots of discussion, but very necessary!
Our FAME PLC spot to share what each team worked on and accomplished each month!