I’m soooo close to posting the first word-study unit! I’ve got a couple of people proofing it, and then it’ll be up. In the meantime, I wanted to share about assessment in the word study workshop.
Here is an example of a conferring sheet filled out with anecdotal notes. It’s a great way for me to collect data and provide feed back to students, parents, and administration. Also, if I want to assess their progress during writing workshop, I’ll often pull this sheet out and remind myself of the progress the students have made. It helps me to know what they have improved upon! There are step-by-step instructions at the top of the sheet for what I actually do when I confer. Forgive my awful handwriting. I am not one of those teachers with font-worthy handwriting at ALL!
This tracker is what I use at the end of a cycle when I give the assessments with alternate pattern words. It is just a quick pass/fail at-a-glance so I can watch progress over time. I also can easily see the students that are falling behind quiz after quiz and address that. If over half of my students fail (marked with an “X” then I might reteach that or plan to reteach it during a spelling small group session.