Where has the time gone? Honestly, I am not sure but we’re back, the kids are back and there is energy in the building again. Thank goodness! Even though we’re able to get so much done when the kids aren’t here, it is a quiet and lonely place without them. I am grateful for the time to recharge, but am excited to begin another year.
As we shift our assessment practices within the district, I found this article from Jennifer Serravallo (The Reading Strategies Book) about beginning the year in the Reading Workshop. She shares some easy and excellent strategies to get to know your kids as readers and better understand their needs, without a lot of formal assessment. I love the idea of sitting with our readers, rather than drowning them (and us) in assessments.