First Pamela Koutrakos delivered a systematic approach to inquiry-based, student-centered, and joyful word study in her book Word Study That Sticks. Now, in The Word Study That Sticks Companion, Koutrakos offers tools and resources to help teachers put those structures, lessons, and routines into action. Loaded with teacher-facing resources such as planning and assessment tools, and student-facing tools such as reproducible minicharts, choice checklists, and self-assessments, The Word Study That Sticks Companion includes • Ready-to-go materials that greatly minimize the time teachers spend preparing, creating, and revamping word study lessons • More than 100 student-friendly, reproducible minicharts for student notebooks that summarize the routines in each area of word study and support robust word learning • Twenty brand-new word study lessons to extend the learning throughout the year and across content areas Ideas for word study notebooks and choice charts that give students ownership of daily practice • Suggestions for replicating many routines and tools in a digital format • Customizable cycle schedules, checklists, look-fors, planning guides, record-keeping forms, and other tools that help teachers crystalize priorities, organize instruction, and adapt for all learners The routines and resources here can be used within any curriculum, as they transcend any one program, philosophy, or approach to word study. The Word Study That Sticks Companion enables consistent, authentic, and independent word study practice in K—6 classrooms. With these materials in hand, students can take charge of their learning, and teachers gain more time for differentiated instruction. Discover what’s possible when you ditch word study worksheets and workbooks once and for all!
Chapter Eight: Check-In and Assessment Routines
Check-In and Assessment Routines
Numerous tools to support wide and varied exploration of words have been shared throughout the past four chapters. This chapter aims to provide a clearer vision of how to check in on learning. The assessment suggestions provided on the following pages will absolutely help us (teachers) glean information about student growth and progress. However, these charts will also help students step up, reflect on their own processes, and begin to use this gained understanding in future word endeavors. I am personally inspired by seeing students reflecting, checking in, and making thoughtful choices about where to head next as learners. I bet you will feel the same!
Why Are Check-In and Assessment Routines Important?
In Growing Readers, Kathy Collins ...