Life. Literacy. Learn. Lead.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Dare We Add Some Fun To Assessing and Scoring?

Testing is everywhere.

We are in the midst of testing, assessing, report card writing, and more assessing! Teachers and students are exhausted, stressed, and zapped.

Enter me.

As our school Literacy Coach, I am leading our staff meeting next Wednesday and guess what our task is? To score our district K-5 Winter ELA assessments!

Woohoo, might not be the reaction our staff will respond with.

As educators, we know the value of assessment. Day after day we are using formative assessment all the time, making decisions that will impact tomorrow's work. Without it, we wouldn't be able to refine our practice, reflect on our teaching, or capture what students have learned. But, what feels overwhelming is the amount of testing we sometimes have to deal with.

While I know we can't necessarily always change the "must-do's" of our profession, I'd like to at least bring in some fun or at least add an element of fun next week as we come together as a staff to score our grade level ELA tests.

Any suggestions to help make this staff meeting feel a little less painful? Chocolate is already on the list :) Please feel free to use the comment section below if you have any ideas.

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