How to Quickly Assess for Small Group Reading Instruction (K-1)

How to Quickly Assess for Small Group Reading Instruction (K-1)

Formal exams aren’t always the best form of assessment when it comes to determining a child’s reading ability. Exams take a lot of time, and they put a lot of unnecessary pressure on our kiddos. Instead, I’m going to show you how a handful of reading assessments can help you group students for small group reading […]

The #1 Reading Assessment Diagnostic You’re Probably Missing

The #1 Reading Assessment Diagnostic You're Probably Missing

As teachers, we’re bombarded with tests. Sometimes, it can feel like that’s all we’re doing with our kiddos….the irony is that we’re not even giving our kids the most important reading test of all! Most of the time, we’re diagnosing our kid’s reading level (or identifying reading problems) with comprehension-based assessments. While these tests are fine […]

Test Your Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Knowledge

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When I realized that my 6th grade students didn’t know how to read anywhere close to grade level, I simultaneously realized that even though I had a master’s in English education and took a course in the teaching of reading, I. Had. No. Idea. How. To. Teach. Them! Research Tests Show Teachers Are Under-Prepared Researchers […]

3 Measures that Matter Most When Making Groups

“What do you do with the rest of the class during guided reading?” It’s the #1 question I get asked about small group reading instruction. We’re in a 4-week series with solutions and answers to that BIG problem. In this video, I’ll show you how just 3 markers can make it easy to group your […]

Reading Tests That Inform Instruction

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“Houston, we have a problem.” Beyond the 2nd grade, most classroom teachers do not have access to specific assessment information about reading that can inform instruction. This is a big problem. In the U.S., for instance, nearly 65% of 4th grade readers are NOT proficient in reading. Teachers of these struggling readers are likely aware […]