Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades 3-6 Four Steps for Turning Assessment Data into Goal-Directed Instruction

ISBN-10: 0325043531

ISBN-13: 9780325043531

Edition: 2013

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This book is about being empowered by assessment, not bogged down by it. -Jennifer Serravallo "The aim of The Literacy Teacher's Playbook," writes Jennifer Serravallo, "is to help you collect data that is helpful, analyze the data correctly, and make plans based on that data." National and state standards set learning goals, and it's up to you to help each student find their path to meeting them. That's why Jen opens up her thinking on assessment in this workshop-in-a-book. Her four-step protocol leads you toward goal-directed instruction: collect the data that will be the most useful to you analyze the data to understand deeply what kids know and can do synthesize data from multiple assessments to create learning goals develop instructional plans and follow-ups to monitor progress. "What you can pull out of a student's messy desk is actually data," Jen writes. So she provides downloadable assessment packets from real students representing two puzzling types of learners. Spread Joana's packet out and let Jen model her protocol. Next try a guided practice with Alex's work. Then you'll be ready to try it with your own students. Trust The Literacy Teacher's Playbook to discover that assessment isn't about numbers and letters. It's about relying on an assessment procedure that helps you know each and every one of your students, so you can teach with confidence and make a difference.
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Book details

List price: $29.38
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

A literacy consultant, researcher, and author, Jennifer Serravallo is the best-selling author or coauthor of the Heinemann titles Teaching Reading in Small Groups and Conferring with Readers. Her latest book, The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades K - 2 and Grades 3 - 6 helps teachers assess confidently and teach powerfully by sharing Jen's experience with assessment. Jen worked for eight years as a staff developer and national consultant at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. In this capacity, she helped urban, suburban, and rural schools implement exceptional literacy instruction through reading and writing workshops. While working toward her MA at Teachers College, she taught grades 3 - 5 in two Title I schools with large class sizes, high numbers of ELLs, and an enormous range of learners. These experiences galvanized her to write her Heinemann professional books as well as other professional resources for teachers, including: Independent Reading Assessment for fiction and nonfiction (Scholastic, 2013). Learn more about Jen and her work at, or connect with her at @jserravallo. In this video at The Teacher Channel, you can see how Jen's deep experiences with teaching, learning, and staff development help her to provide expert teacher-to-teacher feedback---even outside her usual content area. In her second video in a series at The Teacher Channel, Jen provides feedback on a third-grade reading lesson that introduces students to the strategy of finding the main idea in a text. Check out Jen's guest blog about transitioning readers to chapter books at chartchums.

Collecting Data: Assessment Lenses and Tools
Lenses and Tools for Assessing Reading and Writing
Assessing Reading Engagement
Assessing Reading Fluency
Assessing Print Work/Decoding
Assessing Reading Comprehension
Assessing Conversation
Assessing Writing Engagement
Assessing Qualities of Good Writing
What's Next?
Analyzing Data: Making Discoveries from Student Work
Using the Engagement Inventory
Using the Book Log
Using the Reading Interest Inventory
Analyzing Writing About Reading: Short Text Thinking Record, Read-Aloud Stop-and-Jots, Reading Notebooks
Analyzing a Whole-Book Comprehension Assessment
Increasing Expectations for Comprehension in Literature
Increasing Expectations for Comprehension of Informational Texts
Analyzing a Fluency Assessment
Running Record Miscue Analysis
Analyzing Conversation
Making Discoveries from Narrative Writing
Making Discoveries from Informational Writing
Making Discoveries from Opinion Writing
What's Next?
Interpreting Data and Establishing a Goal
Why Is Goal Setting Important?
Looking for Patterns: Triangulating the Data
Applying the 80/20 Principle: Choosing a Goal
The First Teaching Opportunity: The Goal-Setting Conference
What's Next?
Creating an Action Plan
Planning for Practice Over Time: Skills and Strategies
Where Do I Find the Strategies I Need?
So … What's the Plan for Joana?
Planning for Practice Over Time: Instructional Formats and Methods
Small-Group Strategy Lessons
Book Clubs and Partnerships, and Conferring During Talk
Writing Clubs and Partnerships
Close Reading
So … What's the Plan for Joana?
Practice Over Time: Involving Others
So … What's the Plan for Joana?
Practice Over Time: Planning for Multiple Students and Across a Week
Knowing When the Goal Has Been Met
Alex's Work and One Possible Interpretation
Glossary of Assessment Terms
Works Cited
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