Reading Success for All Students

Author: Thomas G. Gunning
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118120272
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Help for reading teachers in continuous monitoring, assessment and instruction that targets students' problem areas This vital resource offers classroom teachers and literacy coaches practical assessments that can be used to evaluate key areas in students' reading performance. These assessments will provide information that can be directly used for planning instruction. Specific instructional techniques and activities are linked to each of the assessments so that teachers know exactly how to teach necessary skills. Tests and other evaluative devices are aligned with Common Core State Standards and state frameworks. Offers a proven model for monitoring and assessing students Assessments and instructional strategies are easy to implement as part of any curriculum Practical strategies are modeled on a tested approach for helping students work through their problem areas

Using Formative Assessment in the RTI Framework

Author: Kay Burke
Publisher: Solution Tree
ISBN: 9781935249757
Format: PDF, Kindle
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RTI and formative assessment have the potential to positively impact student achievement. When formative assessment is coupled with RTI, teachers can catch students before they fall too far behind the standards and their peers. Formative assessment is not only an important component of effective instruction within the RTI framework; it is a key feature of instructional design. Linking the results of formative assessment to instructional change can enhance learning and influence student success in school. This book is intended for teachers and administrators who want to better understand the basics of RTI and its connection to formative assessment. It provides educators with ample information and ideas that will help them base their instructional decisions on the results of effective formative assessment practices. Whether experienced or inexperienced in the use of formative assessment and data collection and analysis, readers will find useful tips and strategies that will advance their knowledge and understanding toward the goal of increasing student achievement. Using Formative Assessment in the RTI Framework provides teachers and administrators with information, tools, and techniques that they can use to adjust instruction and increase levels of student understanding and achievement.

Checking for Understanding

Author: Douglas Fisher
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416619224
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A teacher presents a lesson, and at the end asks students if they understand the material. The students nod and say they get it. Later, the teacher is dismayed when many of the students fail a test on the material. Why aren’t students getting it? And, just as important, why didn’t the teacher recognize the problem? In Checking for Understanding, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey show how to increase students’ understanding with the help of creative formative assessments. When used regularly, formative assessments enable every teacher to determine what students know and what they still need to learn. Fisher and Frey explore a variety of engaging activities that check for and increase understanding, including interactive writing, portfolios, multimedia presentations, audience response systems, and much more. This new 2nd edition of Checking for Understanding has been updated to reflect the latest thinking in formative assessment and to show how the concepts apply in the context of Fisher and Frey’s work on gradual release of responsibility, guided instruction, formative assessment systems, data analysis, and quality instruction. Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey are the creators of the Framework for Intentional and Targeted (FIT) Teaching™. They are also the authors of numerous ASCD books, including The Formative Assessment Action Plan: Practical Steps to More Successful Teaching and Learning and the best-selling Enhancing RTI: How to Ensure Success with Effective Classroom Instruction and Intervention.

30 Big Idea Lessons for Small Groups

Author: Michael Rafferty
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1506348637
Format: PDF
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30 Big Idea Lessons for Small Groups provides an amazing framework, with a bank of engagement tools, that gets students interacting with texts. Follow this unique 4-part process to develop students’ literal, inferential, evaluative, and analytical skills: Engage: Before Reading Students use a tactile tool like a topic card or a pyramid Discuss: During Reading Students read and mark up a short text Deep-See Think: After Reading Students re-read and revise their interpretations together Connect: After Reading Students begin to transfer their understandings to other texts

Embedded Formative Assessment

Author: Dylan Wiliam
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 1936765012
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Formative assessment plays an important role in increasing teacher quality and student learning when it’s viewed as a process rather than a tool. Emphasizing the instructional side of formative assessment, this book explores in depth the use of classroom questioning, learning intentions and success criteria, feedback, collaborative and cooperative learning, and self-regulated learning to engineer effective learning environments for students.

Interventions for Reading Success

Author: Diane Haager
Publisher: Brookes Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781598572797
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This NEW edition of this bestselling curriculum supplement is your key to helping all students grasp the five Big Ideas of early literacy: phonological awareness, the alphabetic principle, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Transformative Assessment

Author: W. James Popham
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 141660667X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Testing expert W. James Popham cuts through the jargon and the hype to provide the definitive nuts-and-bolts introduction to formative assessment, a process with the power to completely transform teaching and learning. In his inimitable style, Popham explains the research supporting formative assessment's effectiveness and why familiarity with this research is the key to preserving both teacher sanity and district funds. You'll find step-by-step guidance on how to build frameworks for formative assessment and how to carry out each of the process's four levels: teachers' instructional adjustments, students' learning tactic adjustments, a classroom climate shift, and schoolwide implementation. This book is the place to start for educators considering formative assessment, curious about why their school system is embracing formative assessment, or wondering why the "formative assessments" they're using now aren't producing the desired results. Here, you'll learn what formative assessment is and isn't, what it can do and what it can't, and the practical way to reap its very real rewards: better teaching and better learning.

Read Write Lead

Author: Regie Routman
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416618732
Format: PDF
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Literacy is a skill for all time, for all people. It is an integral part of our lives, whether we are students or adult professionals. Giving all educators the breadth of knowledge and practical tools that help students strengthen their literacy skills is the focus of Read, Write, Lead. Drawing on her experience as a mentor teacher, reading specialist, instructional coach, and staff developer, author Regie Routman offers time-tested advice on how to develop a schoolwide learning culture that leads to more effective reading and writing across the curriculum. She explains how every school—including yours—can: implement instructional practices that lead to better engagement and achievement in reading and writing for all students, from kindergarten through high school, including second-language and struggling learners; build Professional Literacy Communities of educators working together to create sustainable school change through professional learning based on shared beliefs; reduce the need for intervention through daily practices that ensure success, even for our most vulnerable learners; and embed the language of productive feedback in responsive instruction, conferences, and observations in order to accelerate learning for students, teachers, and leaders. In their own voices, teachers, principals, literacy specialists, and students offer real-life examples of changes that led to dramatic improvement in literacy skills and—perhaps just as important--increased joy in teaching and learning. Scattered throughout the book are “Quick Wins”--ideas and actions that can yield positive, affirming results while tackling the tough work of long-term change.

What Teachers Really Need to Know About Formative Assessment

Author: Laura Greenstein
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 141661222X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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What does formative assessment look like, and when should I use it? What kind of planning does it require, and what kinds of data does it generate? How will formative assessment improve my teaching and help my students succeed in a standards-based environment? How does it relate to my application of multiple intelligences theory, to differentiated instruction, and to everything else I'm already doing in my classroom? In this volume, author Laura Greenstein has gathered what you really need to know in order to make formative assessment a seamless part of your everyday practice. Emphasizing formative assessment application in secondary schools but applicable to teachers of all grade levels and all subject areas, this book provides * Straightforward answers to teachers' most frequently asked questions * Dozens of strategies for measuring student understanding and diagnosing learning needs before, during, and after instruction * Illustrations of formative assessment across the content areas, from math to language arts to science to social studies to health and physical education * Guidance on making data-informed instructional adjustments * Sample templates for organizing assessment data to track both whole-class and individual progress toward identified goals * Case studies to illustrate effective and ineffective formative assessment and deepen your understanding If you're looking to take formative assessment from theory to practice--and from practice to genuine learning improvement--this is the place to begin.

Science Formative Assessment

Author: Page Keeley
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 145228069X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Use assessment to inform instruction and learning in the science classroom! Science education expert Page Keeley shares 75 specific techniques that help K–12 science teachers determine students’ understanding of key concepts and design learning opportunities that will deepen students’ mastery of content and standards. These flexible assessments can be used with any science curriculum, and the author describes: How each technique promotes student learning Considerations for design and implementation, such as required materials, timing, modeling the technique, and grouping students Modifications for different types of students or purposes Ways the techniques can be used in other content areas