But, Friday is our report card day, so this week is all about making sure I have every item assessed and that all 1:1 assessments are current.
Anyone else have a hard time fitting in time to work with kids ONE at a time!?
Luckily, I have been using 30 minutes each Friday all year for assessment time while the kiddos work on one particular sound sorting activity, which means that it has not been as much of a scramble to get all of my assessments done. I still have a few kiddos that I need to check in with in both classes to make sure their info is current, but I think that is perfectly doable in the next few days.
Tomorrow I have a group assessment planned and for some reason both classes are ROCKSTARS at group assessments this year. I gave them each a "secret office" space to sit in when we do group assessments because I want to make sure they can't possibly copy off of anyone else. When I tell them we have a "secret office job" they actually cheer. I usually follow it with a quick fun activity that they can earn and so far they have a really good track record of being very quiet and on task during those assessment times. Tomorrow I am going to have them write the alphabet, write numbers 1-20 and draw the 7 basic shapes (square, circle, oval, triangle, rectangle, trapezoid, and hexagon). Since when are trapezoids and hexagons considered simple shapes?! I always feel like it's easier to grade objectively when I actually have a product to look at rather than just going on memory from what students do in class. With 38 kids and preggo brain, I need hard copies to look at in order to really evaluate their work and compare what kids should receive the various marks.
We have 3 marks we can give and I am not a huge fan of the wording...
+ consistently demonstrates
V has made acceptable progress
O more time needed
I usually think of the V as "developing" but I feel like the wording that is on our report card sounds more negative. Especially when kids are on the cusp of mastering a particular skill. If a child knows all but two sounds it's hard to say they have made acceptable progress because it sounds like "eh, they are doing okay..." when in reality they are SO close. Yet, I don't feel like I can give them a plus quite yet.
I assessed kids on their pattern recognition, building, and labeling today and most kids got +'s in all three. Yay! I so much prefer to assess something like that 1:1 rather than in a whole group because I feel like I can have more time to process the extent to which a kiddo really gets or doesn't grasp something. If only there were more time to work 1:1 with kids!!
I am hoping to have good attendance for the rest of the week so I can get a math test done and the other assessments that I still have. Then comes the hard part of filling out the behavior section on the report card. Always the hardest part for me because I waffle back and forth between thinking I am being too hard and too easy on kids. At least this year I have kept weekly data on how many sticks kiddos have kept/lost which will help in determining some of those criteria.
I am hopeful that I can enter a little bit of data each day for the report cards so that on Friday I can just relax. We are allowed to sign out and do grades from home, so if my reports are already done, then I basically have a day off to work on my dissertation stuff. I have a draft of my survey ready which I am really happy about and I think I am making good progress towards having a draft ready by Valentine's Day! Woo hoo!
Is it report card time for you? What is your grading system like?