Sunday, September 28, 2014

Assess, Assess, Assess

"This will help me learn what you already know and which areas you may still need help with." It seems as though the past few weeks these are the words your child has been hearing often over the last few weeks. The beginning of the year is filled with opportunities for students to learn about their new grade, teachers and classroom community. For teachers it is also a time for us to learn what skills are students are entering the year with.

Using diagnostic assessment tools is one way we gather this information. You may have heard your child mention terms such as DIBELS, GRADE and GMADE. These are more formal and standardized opinion writing pre-assessments,  diagnostic spelling inventories, place value pre-tests and day to day observations of daily work. All of which will be summarized as part of my early fall observations at our first conference.

As we put these assessments aside until the second half of the year, it is important to remember that, for some children, completing assessments which may include both familiar and unfamiliar information, can cause feelings of frustration and anxiousness, while others actually enjoy or are un-phased by filling in bubbles to answer multiple choice questions.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rounding Numbers

We have been learning strategies for rounding numbers in class. Using a numberline is one way to prove or justify your answer. Being able to round numbers is an important skill when you want to estimate the answer to a problem or think about if an answer makes sense.

These videos will remind of how to round numbers to the nearest ten and preview rounding numbers to the nearest 100.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thank You!

It was great to see so many of you at our annual Curriculum Night. I hope you enjoyed learning about your child's day as much as I enjoyed sharing about it.