The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades 3-6: Four Steps for Turning Assessment Data into Goal-Directed Instruction

The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades 3-6: Four Steps for Turning Assessment Data into Goal-Directed Instruction

by Jennifer Serravallo
     
 

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This book is about being empowered by assessment, not bogged down by it.
-Jennifer Serravallo

"The aim of The Literacy Teacher's Playbook," writes Jennifer Serravallo, "is to help you collect data that is helpful, analyze the data correctly, and make plans based on that data."

National and state standards set learning

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This book is about being empowered by assessment, not bogged down by it.
-Jennifer Serravallo

"The aim of The Literacy Teacher's Playbook," writes Jennifer Serravallo, "is to help you collect data that is helpful, analyze the data correctly, and make plans based on that data."

National and state standards set learning goals, and it's up to you to help each student find his or her path to meeting them. That's why Jen opens up her thinking on assessment in this workshop-in-a-book. Her four-step protocol leads you toward goal-directed instruction:

  • collect the data that will be the most useful to you
  • analyze the data to understand deeply what kids know and can do
  • synthesize data from multiple assessments to create learning goals
  • develop instructional plans and follow-ups to monitor progress.

"What you can pull out of a student's messy desk is actually data," Jen writes. So she provides downloadable assessment packets from real students representing two puzzling types of learners. Spread Joana's packet out and let Jen model her protocol. Next try a guided practice with Alex's work. Then you'll be ready to try it with your own students.

Trust The Literacy Teacher's Playbook to discover that assessment isn't about numbers and letters. It's about relying on an assessment procedure that helps you know each and every one of your students, so you can teach with confidence and make a difference.

Read a sample chapter from The Literacy Teacher's Playbook.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325043531
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
10/18/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
227,513
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Serravallo is the best-selling author of the new Reading Strategies Book as well as other popular Heinemann titles, including Teaching Reading in Small Groups; Conferring with Readers (coauthored with Gravity Goldberg); and The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades K - 2 and Grades 3 - 6. She is also the author of the Digital Campus Course Teaching Reading in Small Groups: Matching Methods to Purposes where you can watch dozens of videos of Jen teaching in real classrooms and engage with other educators in a self-guided course. Jen worked for eight years as a staff developer and national consultant at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. In this capacity, she helped urban, suburban, and rural schools implement exceptional literacy instruction through reading and writing workshops. Before that, she was a New York City public school teacher in two Title I schools with large class sizes, high numbers of ELLs, and an enormous range of learners. These experiences galvanized her to write her Heinemann professional books as well as other professional resources for teachers, including the award-winning Independent Reading Assessment for fiction (Scholastic, 2012) and nonfiction (Scholastic, 2013). Jen holds a BA from Vassar College and an MA from Teachers College, where she has also taught graduate and undergraduate classes on urban education reform and children's literature. Learn more about Jen and her work at www.jenniferserravallo.com, or connect with her at @jserravallo.

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