The Monthly Mojo – February 2019
Exclusively for TeamTom Teachers
My Scores Don't Match Reality!
If your school uses standardized or criterion-referenced assessments (aka CBAs, Common Assessments, Benchmarks, etc.), then you've seen how your scores don't show all the great stuff you're doing in class!
Worse, you might have someone on your case about it!
Here are a few tips:
- Create your own data. Gather fluency data, vocabulary growth, spelling growth, reading level growth, and other forms of sensitive data that actually show the growth.
- Have your data ready to show. Create a simple line graph that shows how the average of your class scores have increased over time. If you're using data like the examples above, these increases show growth, not just performance.
- Look for Misleading Data. Low scores don't mean low learning. High scores could be false positives. Be aware of the difference. And don't let someone tell you otherwise!
- Make a Celebration List. Find all of the other valuable strengths to celebrate: student social growth, attendance, energy and engagement in the classroom, kindness, and more.
Here are the hot new (and classic) readings that will elevate your practice and thinking.
The Reading Strategies Book, Jennifer Serravallo
The Reading Strategies Book is not new, but it's still a must-read! With hit books that support strategic reading through conferring, small groups, and assessment, Jen Serravallo gets emails almost daily asking, "Isn't there a book of the strategies themselves?" Now there is. Preview on Amazon*.
Softening the Edges, Katie White
Softening the Edges is a book from a friend of TeamTom Education. Katie White provides assessment practices that honor k-12 teachers and learners in authentic ways. A great place to think of your own data. Preview on Amazon*.
*We are an Amazon affiliate, which means any purchase you make will help pay for this website and keep the TeamTom Teachers resources free!
New & Upcoming
We just started a new series for our Texas teachers! It's STAAR Reading Review Weekly. It includes 5 days of half-page reading selections and 3-5 multiple-choice questions. Scaffolding is built into the week with two other practice pieces:
- Additional Open-Ended Questions for Response Skills and Vocabulary Development
- Note-Taking Room in the Margin.
- Additional Open-Ended Questions for Homework
At this time, we have two weeks (fiction and informational) published for 3rd-grade. Those will be bundled with a pre- and post-assessment. Then, we'll move into 4th- and 5th-grades.
A similar product is in development for math also!
Reading Review Weekly
Preview this weekly reading review on TPT.
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New Sequencing Video by TeamTom Education
The free sequencing graphic organizers have been around for a few years, but now we have a new video to use with your students in class. >> Watch Here.
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