Kindergarten report card: Overwhelmed?Is this a window into your life:
- Do you feel like you JUST finish assessing and then it is time to start all over again?
- Do you feel like you can’t offer instruction because you are assessing?
- By the end of September, you have killed more trees than you care to admit and you can’t find your desk because assessments are piled high?
- You have so MUCH data, but you can’t seem to turn data into a teaching plan.
- You pass these mountains of assessments off to your admin and never look back?
- When someone says you need to “Progress Monitor” a student, do you want to go screaming from the building?
So why do we assess studentsIf the answer is because I have to, then we need to have a chat:
- What are you assessing?
- What do you do with the data?
So what are the steps?
- First, we collect data.
- Then, we analyze data.
- Next, we interpret data and establish a goal.
- Finally, we create and enact an action plan.
Running RecordsRunning records are a perfect opportunity to gather data about students’ reading and fluency. Listen to the students read and gather data that, in turn, are reported on their kindergarten report card! 99% of the time, I collect running records during my small group instruction time. As this is part of my instruction, I do not need to set aside additional time or take away from other instructional time to do it! Naturally, you can also do a running record at anytime. This informs me of what the student is doing as a reader and well as some of his instructional needs. You can find these leveled texts and running records HERE. Would you like to read more about running records and why they are important?
Rubrics for Responding to LiteratureRubrics should inform me and they inform the student too! This can be powerful! Although we don’t use these rubrics as part of their kindergarten report card, they are important in building reading comprehension which IS on their kindergarten report card. You can find this reading unit with rubrics:
- Kindergarten and First Grade Reading Comprehension | Engaging Readers with Rubrics
- Second Grade Reading Comprehension | Engaging Readers with Rubrics
- Rubrics and Anchor Charts Only
Writing RubricsWriting rubrics work the same way! We start each unit with a rubric! This pre-assessment helps me make instructional decisions for the individual student and the class. You can find these rubrics within our writing units:
- Kindergarten and First Grade Writers Workshop and Writing Rubrics
- Second Grade Writers Workshop and Writing Rubrics