February 15, 2013

Five For Friday- Assessment Crazy

I am linking up again for Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching if I can get this post off before midnight I will be in good shape!

1. First things first, hello four/five day weekend! We have Monday off for Presidents Day and on Tuesday we have a teacher work day! Can I just say that I love those! Not because I don't love my K babies but I really love to dust, clean, organize, prepare, and maybe chat a bit with my girls. Its really just to bad I don't love to clean, dust and organize my own house, hmmm....

2. Our teacher work day is really a report card day. I will make sure to get mine done over the weekend so I can do all sorts of other fun things (see above.) This week has been a fun week of assessing. We use data binders to hold all of the assessments for the year so I like to have lots of bodies of evidence for the parents. To do this I made a math assessment and a reading assessment pack. This pack allows me to assess the student and know exactly what standard I have assessed (because I added the standard in the corner.) Not all the reading standards lend well to paper pencil assessments but I gave most of them a try!

3.  We have also been focusing a lot on progress monitoring and informal assessments. I have been using Deanna Jump's kindergarten common core posters for learning goals. I make sure the kids know the goal and throughout the lesson I ask them to evaluate their progress on the goal by using their thumbs. Here is a picture of the rubric. 

4. We had an awesome Valentine's Day party on Thursday! The kids graphed candy hearts, made cards, exchanged valentines, eat a ton of snacks and really had a blast! 

5. Lastly I got quite a surprise on Thursday when my boyfriend had beautiful flowers and cup cakes delivered to my classroom.

One of the kids came over to see the cup cakes and I told her I didn't know how I was going to eat them all. She then said "Well don't you have a husband?" I told her that no, I didn't have a husband. Her response.... "Well maybe you should try to get a husband. They eat everything." Definitely one of the highlights from the year!

I hope you enjoy your weekend!



  1. Those cupcakes look delicious!! What a lucky girl you are!!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  2. Children say the funniest things! I enjoyed reading about your Five. I might or might not have become your latest follower because you have a really cool first name....

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    Donna Roberts

  4. I love the newest rubric with the hands. I am going to give my son's teacher this idea. He is shy and doesn't like to ask for help. Maybe he can just show his thumbs down when he needs help without having to ask.
    Thanks for the idea.

  5. LOL about the comment regarding husbands eating everything! Kids definitely say some funny things. :) I teach 1st grade and the kids come up with hilarious things. I liked the picture of your Valentine Day activities. Fun!

  6. I really like your rubric. So easy for the kids to understand. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Making all those assessments must have been a lot of work. It looks good! I am trying to make some for 2 & 3 grade math, but with my new discovery of TPT I can have a good resource to start from.

    - Deirdre aka Evil Math Wizard

  8. Assessment craziness is right! I am in the middle of that craziness this week! I'm going to look closer at your assessments. I will be needing something new when my district fully implements the Common Core in the next year or so. Thanks!

    Sommer Pride

  9. Aren't you lucky to get such lovely surprises on Valentine's Day! I think a cupcake or two could probably help you get through all that assessing:)

    Teaching in Progress