Monday, January 21, 2019

Missing Foundational Skills

I've been creating checklists for students in my RtI group.  My district has us give a Words Their Way spelling test that I wasn't all that excited to give at the beginning of the year, but the data it gave me changed my mindset! If you give an assessment and do nothing with the data, it's simply a waste of time. I linked the spelling test in the document below - it's FREE online through Pearson. It also has directions on how to administer it -- well worth the time to read and learn how to grade. If you give this, please don't teach the students how to spell the words on the list. Then, you'll only be grading how well they memorize. Give it COLD. Then, use the data to adjust your teaching. That's what good teaching is all about. Let me know if you have questions. 

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