Saturday, January 3, 2015

3 Easy Assessment Tips

Many of us are returning back to the classroom on Monday, and there is always so much to be done!  If your school is like mine, we spend some time finding out what our students have learned throughout the year.

 Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be working with students to find out their reading levels and see how they have grown as readers throughout the year.  As the reading specialist, I will be assessing many of the students in the school, and I don't know all of them.  So, I will be prepared!

Here are a few tips for helping students feel more comfortable in an assessment situation.

Make a Comfortable Setting

One of the easiest things to do is to make the testing place comfortable.  This includes the right lighting, comfortable chairs, and a clean area.  I work with students in grades K-6, and my chairs are kind of small.  I will take my fifth and sixth grade students into a room where the chairs are more their size, so they can be comfortable!

Build Rapport

We are a pretty small school, so I know many of the students pretty well, and they know me.  If I don't know a student very well, I ask questions about their favorite books to read or their favorite Christmas gift while heading to the assessment are.  This helps them to feel more comfortable with me before we get started.

Be Prepared

Nothing is worse than going into an assessment situation and not having everything ready to go!  Make sure you have all of the materials ready to go for both you and the students.  Everyone will be more confident in what they are doing and ready for the best assessment results.

How do you help your students be ready for assessments?

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