This post is all about collecting baseline assessments!
Assessments?!? (insert eyeroll 😉 )
JUST SAY NO! Isn’t it time to think of WELCOMING our students, creating an inviting environment, and labeling all those supplies!?!
YES, however, this special educator also NEEDS to learn more about all those first graders and the first two weeks is a perfect time to do it.
I already start the year with a pretty good idea how students already on my caseload are doing…our kindergarten special educator/interventionist (and she’s also the Director of Special Education at our school ♥) is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
We’ve already had many conversations about the littles…strengths, interests, and interventions that have been tried. I also always head down to Kindergarten every spring to meet and greet my incoming first graders! BUT, we know how quickly our students grow! And summer slide is a real thing, so…here’s my goals for the first two weeks of school:
Building relationships is my NUMBER ONE goal!
We have six first grade classrooms and I’m usually “assigned” two rooms where students receiving services are learning. In these two rooms, I connect with my co-teacher and set up a time to do a read-aloud and introduce myself to the whole group.
Each year I’ve read a story about students with disabilities (My Brother Charlie, My Friend Has Autism). I just ordered a new book for this year: All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism (affiliate link). Please leave a comment if you know this book!
After introducing myself to the whole group, I ask the general educators: “Would it be okay if I ask students to come back and do an activity with me?” Because both of my co-teachers are awesome, they enthusiastically agree. Instantly, you see every student sit up a little straighter with hopeful eyes looking at me hoping to be chosen!
Of course, I’m going to be calling out my little friends’ names, but then I also add a few more to my watchlist whether for academic or behavior (or both!) concerns.
This is the packet I’ve been using this packet for YEARS!
This packet has performance task materials and tracking pages to get a great picture of where my students are.
I store all the materials in a clipboard:
I keep the individual student conferences VERY informal (see goal number one!) and will often start with a task I know they rock!
I made this fun little video clip for a sneak preview 🙂
This packet has 57 pages and is only $3.00 (regular price). Please click here to check out the long list of contents for both literacy and math!
What do you do to collect important baseline data the first few weeks of school?
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