“This resource is extremely timely and well thought out. Wouldn't it be great if all principals gave their new hires this book along with their classroom keys?”
—Andrea Ziembia, Fifth-Grade Teacher, Morton Elementary School, Hammond, IN
“An indispensable companion for any new teacher, this book gives excellent advice for avoiding many hurdles and pitfalls and focusing on what's importantbecoming outstanding teachers of young children.”
—Carol A. Tateishi, Director
Bay Area Writing Project, University of California at Berkeley
“The book's lists, charts, tables, diagrams, and the narrative are amazingly helpful and insightful. This is more than a survival book; it is inspirational and affirming.”
—Mary Ann Sinkkonen, Assistant Professor
Dominican University of California
Everything a new elementary teacher needs for getting started is right here!
This comprehensive guide from veteran educators gives first-year teachers a multitude of classroom-tested strategies for those critical first days of school. Written in a reassuring tone, this authoritative handbook walks you through setting up your classroom, managing behavior, planning lessons, assessing students' performance, and partnering with families. Thoroughly updated to meet the needs of today's classrooms, this new edition includes the latest tips on:
Teaching with technology; Differentiating instruction for students from diverse backgrounds, including English Language Learners; Preparing effective standards-based lessons; Achieving professional growth through job-embedded professional development
Teachers will find resources, samples, templates, homework contracts, strategies, checklists, and proven solutions to everyday challenges. Rest assured that you are not alone, and you will succeed!
Chapter 7: Assessing Student Learning and Performance
Assessing Student Learning and Performance
Assessment plays a vital role in education. It can vary from informal observations of students to the administration of formal, state-mandated standardized tests. Beginning with your first year, you will be required to understand and administer many forms of assessments. Some choices for assessing students will be up to you, and some will be required by your school, your district, and even the state in which you work. When the choice is up to you, selecting the best form of assessment is dependent upon having a clear understanding of you what you are trying to measure and what you plan to do with the results. In addition to measuring student achievement and growth over time, you ...