Do you have a place in your classroom where you can assess kids at a moment’s notice? Consider it! You will want to organize any and all informal assessments into a well-stocked assessment ‘table’ for easy access and accessibility. I recommend the use of a large accordion file for Running Record (and/or IRI) booklets/passages/forms, informal assessment forms, assessment instructions, checklists, etc. You will also need a clipboard, .7 mechanical pencil, timer, coffee can with sight words written on index cards, a Pringles can for sight phrases, student assessment folders, and a basket for wordless books and writing prompts.
Your assessment table should have everything you need to assess a student ‘on the spot’….and please don’t tell kids it’s a “testing table!” Instead, invite them over and say, “Come and show me what you know!” You will get the BEST from each child….and isn’t that what we want from every child we test? YES! (See more on Assessment Tables in my book, Catch a Falling Reader at http://www.conniehebert.com) Thanks….ready, set, assess! Then, use the results to DRIVE INSTRUCTION….