Status of the Class

May 17, 2010 by

Status of the class is a technique that I borrowed from Nancie Atwell.  When I first read about this technique in her book In the Middle, I wasn’t convinced that it was one I wanted to adopt.  But after trying the technique for just one week, I realized how much valuable assessment information it allowed me to gather.  Here is how status of the class works: 1.  Photocopy the status of the class form.         Status of the Class Form 2.  Record each student’s name on the form, duplicate multiple copies, and place on a clipboard or in a 3-ring binder.  Click to enlarge pictures.       I keep mine in my assessment notebook. 3.  At the beginning of Reading Workshop I have all of my students assembled in front of me for a a...

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Goal Setting Ideas for Reading Workshop...

Feb 27, 2009 by

At the end of each grading period, I ask students to select 2 reading goals for the following grading period.  As part of a whole class mini-lesson, we brainstorm ideas for possible goals. After they have written their goals,  I meet with each child during an individual conference to review goals and check for appropriateness. I reserve the option to add a third goal if I see fit. See Reading Folders to download forms The following are some possible goals which students may set on their own or with teacher guidance: Read ___ fictional books. Read at least ___ nonfiction books. Finish at least ___ books. Return all borrowed books. Meet the minimum requirements for weekly reading at home . Try to abandon no more than ___ books this grading period. Pick out all...

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