February 27, 2015

Student Ownership of Data



This post is a little snapshot of what I spent my small group time doing today. At my school, whether we like it or not, TCAP is on the brain. (no, you're not crazy...it's still only February!)

This year, I wanted my students' understanding of their strengths and weaknesses in reading and language arts to be visual and concrete. I created the fancy document that you see above in response to that. From many standards-based assessments that we have taken, the kids spent some time with me coloring in the "I Can" statements about various skills that they are already considered proficient in. 



Things they are still practicing, they are leaving blank for now. Throughout the entire 4th quarter, our school shifts from reading groups to skills-based groups. This way kids are still reading, still practicing comprehension, but with a focus on the skills they need to work on. This coloring sheet is showing my students exactly what they need to do. 



I love the idea of giving students a real look at what they can improve on. That kind of self-assessment carried me through many difficult graduate school assignments, so I hope that I am planting a seed that they will take with them to bigger and better things one day!

You can download my skills coloring page for free at my TPT Store. It's editable, so you can add in your own standards and skills, or leave them if you also teach 4th grade ELA in Tennessee! (and if you do, please say hi) But I want to hear how you collect data on your kiddos. How do you get them to take ownership of it in your classroom?

**Note: Because my PPT file is editable, the cutesy fonts you see in the pictures do not stay put if you do not have them downloaded on your computer! I used HelloChitChat by Hello Literacy and Chelsea Market Script by Kimberly Geswein

February 26, 2015

Where do I begin?


I am so excited about this blog. I mean, SO EXCITED. 

First of all, it's beautiful. Erin Gray at www.twothirdshazeldesign.com did an incredible job!

Second of all, it is a long-time coming. I have been toying with the idea of starting a teaching blog for over a year. I think my students are amazing, I think my school is incredible. I think that I work in a state where education is at the forefront of the conversation, and I am excited about that. I think about teaching all.the.time. But it's a different thing to subject others to what I think about teaching, my students, or my school. 

Here are my hopes:

I hope that this blog allows me to bring something to the teaching community that inspires other teachers.
I hope that it makes connecting with other teachers who have amazing ideas a little easier. I have already stolen so many ideas, but I have never been able to tell any of those educators thank you!
I hope that you like what you see, and want to come back to hear more about my little slice of Tennessee heaven.

Welcome to The Tennessee Classroom.