How did we get to May? Though this time of year is busy, spring gives us the opportunity to look back while planning forward. These last weeks of school are the perfect time to gather our community to note the growth we have made across the year. When we reflect on the books we have read, the writing we have done, and the new learning we have accomplished across the year, we can find much to celebrate. Much of this work is done by our students as they consider all they have accomplished in the year, but we also carve out time to sit beside our literacy learners for more formal assessments. In our district, we utilize Fountas & Pinnell’s Benchmark Assessment to look at the growth our readers have made.
Whether in my role as a classroom teacher, reading support teacher, or literacy coach, looking at these end of year assessments can provide an opportunity to: (more…)