Assessments

Formative

Quick assessments, like reading responses, allow me to quickly gauge student progress and learning. I use formative assessments to guide future whole-class and small-group lessons. For example, if I notice a few students have not yet mastered the ability to identify how illustrations help you to understand a story, I may plan a strategy group session during reading workshop to focus on that particular skill.

Summative

Summative assessments, typically given at the end of a unit, allow me to see student growth over a extended period of time. For example, this assessment was given after students had spent over 3 weeks designing a product, making their product, and selling it during our classroom market day. These assessments provide me with evidence of student learning after a series of lessons. Summative assessments also give me insight into what content might need to be revisited or taught in a different way.

Data-Tracking

Google Sheets

Throughout the year, in addition to using a physical grading system, I use Google Sheets to keep track of student progress and assignments. Using Google Sheets allows me to quickly see trends in the data, who has missing work to make up, and make decisions about the direction of future teaching.