The Coaching Connection
Kindergarten - The Colleague to Colleague Edition
What's Happening in Kindergarten?
~ Patty and Kieran
Last Tuesday we had our second ISA training. Joan Sweeney and Gretchen Mahan have done a wonderful job presenting the research based goals of the Interactive Strategies Approach. In an effort to show this work in action, Gretchen graciously agreed to give colleagues the opportunity to observe during her reading block. While there were many insights shared, one practical take away was the strategic use of charts as both whole class and individual student teaching tools. Below you will find a link to the district's shared kindergarten folder housing the newest version of the Key Words chart. Along with the traditional chart, you will also find versions featuring uppercase letters, vowels, and pictures. Teachers also requested a chart to help students distinguish between the letters B and D. To make this, simply print both the B and the D documents and then glue them onto large paper.
Dimensions of Writing
Harnessing the Power of Formative Assessment
WHAT IS IT? Formative assessment is information obtained during the course of a lesson for the purpose of informing next instructional steps.
WHEN DOES IT OCCUR? Formative assessment takes place during instruction so that immediate action can be taken to help increase learning. Assessment strategies are carefully chosen so as not to disrupt the learning process.
WHO USES IT? Formative assessment should be used by both teachers and students. In order for students to benefit from formative assessment they need to know what the learning target is, where they stand in relation to it, and how they are going to make up the difference. This may sound daunting for our kindergarten students, but Trish Vecchione and Breanne Taylor have found strategies to help our littlest learners do just that. Students have been trained to look at their writing with a critical eye and determine next steps. Click on the link below to see what the Blue Creek kindergarten students use to assess their writing.
We know that an important consideration when creating charts for use in kindergarten is using an appropriate font. Choosing a font that is free from embellishments can promote correct letter recognition and identification. Abc print is one such font. Consider requesting this font for your computer so that you can create charts for classroom and student use.