Want to collect data on how children are learning? Know them. Watch them. Listen to them. Talk with them. Sit with them. Be with them.
-Joe Bower, Teacher
Teaching veteran and former school librarian, Franki Sibberson, captures the heart of effective assessment: “We are learning about our students every minute of every school day. We observe behaviors, listen in on conversations, pay attention to responses to whole-class lessons, look closely at reading notebooks, and more. Using the information that we gain, we are able to add to the profile we have of each student.” And with the child’s learning profile in hand, we then know how to respond most effectively to encourage the child’s literacy growth and development. The following resource offers ideas for conducting assessments.