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Getting to Know Your Students
Transcript of Getting to Know Your Students
Listen to Books
Connect to Real World
Independent Reading as Homework
Connect to Interests
Depth over Breadth Five Types of Middle School Readers What do they find easy/hard about reading?
LEARN their culture, language, etc.
Are they involved in school?
What do their parents do?
Have them write about their reading.
Take the time. That simple. Getting to Know Them I used to, but now I can. . .
More than just grades! They change. Keep knowing them! Take observational notes.
In class, during sports, during lunch, etc.
Refer to the notes before conferencing, show interest in them! Watch them. Those observational notes? Use them.
That is data. It is an assessment
You cannot adequately or accurately assess a student unless you know them. Period. Assessment Your students should self-reflect and use metacognition.
So should you.
How do you use student self-evaluations?
How are you using assessments in general?
How are the conferences helping you?
Why are the observational notes important? Self-Reflection Discuss your students with your colleagues.
Discuss what you know about them.
Discuss assessment. Be the change. Reference these books when you talk with your colleagues. Motivate them to be a teacher leader, like you.
25 Quick Formative Assessments for a Differentiated Classroom (Dodge, 2009)
Assessments for Differentiated Reading Instruction (Robb, 2009)
Checking for Understanding (Fisher & Frey, 2007)
Fair Isn't Always Equal (Wormeli, 2006) Books on assessment.