While there are many who are used to ECE, many havent had to assess on so many learning outcomes. In addition, there are lots of teachers who have not been in such low grades for a long time-if ever. Maybe Ill just bullet this and be quick about it with (possible) details to follow.
FYI,this is for KG
- use the full assessment paper as your guide for what lessons need to be taught.start somewhere.Anywhere. If noone can do it, thats fine,mark N for not yet. I for in progress and P for proficient in your personal notes.
- assess authentically, even when they are doing an activity for Arabic.You can assess fine motor skills, social skills.Get it out of the way while she is teaching.
- Use small group assessment forms for each small group (I do one group at my table a day because I dont want my focus to be taken by having to monitor and rotate kids but some people like that) and FILL OUT THE FORM BEFORE THE LESSON BEGINS.This way you are only checking if they can do it alone,need some help,or cant do it at all.
- after a week of doing them you should have the whole class for that learning outcome.transfer it to your master form and once you have some boxes filled in, its easier to make groups based on what the kids need to work on.
- ESIS TIME? use your master sheet to plug in what you have learned about your kids.
- if everyone in your school uses something similar, then everyone is on the same page in regards to how the kids are being assessed AUTHENTICALLY.
- side note:centers (free choice centers) offer a great time to assess as they are in charge of their own learning and you can really see what they can do and how their brains are working.Not much language needed if theyre in science,math,computer,or writing and youre observing from the sidelines and taking notes.
- I group my kids randomly at first but change based on need:homogenous, high/low so they can learn and teach from each other,high so that I can extend their learning, and low so that I can support.Of course, nothing is perfect but Im confident this can work this year.Time will tell.