Showing posts with label assessments. Show all posts
Showing posts with label assessments. Show all posts

Friday, March 25, 2011

Parent of a preschooler? YOU can teach your child to read!

Do you have a preschooler who is showing signs that he is ready to read, but you have no idea where to start?

My Reading Specialist offers consulting for parents to train YOU how to teach your child to read. 

Here is what it consists of:
  1. First meeting-I assess the student to make sure he is ready to read and see what skills he might already know.  I review the assessments with you and give you feedback.  These assessments are then used to create individualized lessons for your child. (usually takes about 1 hour total)
  2. Second meeting-I will bring various lessons, games, and activities (for you to keep) based upon what skills your child needs to become a reader.  These lessons will be individualized based upon his previous assessments. I will TRAIN you (the parent/caregiver) how to administer these lessons and offer suggested timetables for application. (usually takes about 1 hour total)
  3. Third meeting-This meeting usually takes place after the majority of the lessons have been covered.  I will administer follow-up assessments and see which skills were retained successfully and can be applied by your student, and what skills may need to be recovered.  I will offer advice and additional consulting if new lessons are needed (but that is not usually the case). (usually takes about 1 hour total)
I offer consulting either in person (San Diego area), or via webcam (lessons will be mailed).  Please contact me if you have any questions via my "email me" link on my sidebar, or comment below.

Monday, March 14, 2011

What are assessments; How often should they be done?

My last post talked about the importance of assessments; however, I feel that I should take a step back and talk about what assessments are and how often they should be done. 

Assessments are defined by Wikipedia as "the process of documenting, usually in measurable terms, knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs. ..."

When a teacher begins a new lesson it is important to start with an assessment to have a baseline pre-test.  Depending upon the length of the lesson, I always suggest a pre, mid, and post-test.  If the lesson is ongoing throughout the year, I would suggest assessments at least every month (if not every two weeks).  It is important to assess this often to see if the desired results are achieved, and if not these tests will show the areas of weakness in which the teacher will need to re-cover or re-structure the lesson.

Many packaged programs you can purchase come with assessments of their own; however, most classroom teachers create their own lesson plans they use as well (or in conjunction with).

Friday, March 11, 2011

In-Class Assessments...You Should Get Copies

This post comes after my consultation session I had tonight.  It reminded me that many parents feel left in the dark when it comes to their child's performance in the classroom.  This parent was just told "your child is reading at a level 8 when he should be reading at a 16."  Nothing more than that! No, what an 8 means versus a 16.  No, he is reading at this level because of this-and-that.  No assessments were shown to him.  Nothing...hence he called me.

I decided to do this post for parents to let you know that it is your right (and sadly sometimes your obligation) to ask your child's teacher for copies of your child's assessments.  I would like to HOPE that your child's teacher is doing constant assessments throughout the year to see if what they are teaching is sinking in; however, that is not always the case. Most importantly though, the teacher should be assessing to see if they need to CHANGE the way they are teaching your child. 

I would love to think that all teachers do these assessments, make sure they are sent home, and that you are always aware of the results...now back to reality.  Not all teachers do this, and with that said you should ask your child's teacher for copies of assessments, even if you are not concerned with your child's academics.  Assessments are a good thing to have on hand so that you are always aware of how he is performing, as well as knowing that the teacher sees this performance and is teaching accordingly.