Our district has been focusing on early literacy skills in kindergarten and first grade. Our Reading Specialists have worked hard at creating a hierarchy of literacy skills. While we have always “tested” kids, we have not always taken the time to take a birds eye view of the class. It is very easy to get stuck on the one or two students who just aren’t making the gains that we would like them to. Today we took the time to reflect on how far our youngest learners have come by looking at classroom data.
There has been some incredible growth. It is hard to believe how much our students have learned in the past 5-6 months. By looking at the data building by building and class by class, we can note trends and encourage discussions amongst teachers.
As we take what we have noticed in our team out to the classroom teachers, I hope to lead conversations that may start with “A strength across the district is….” “How are you getting your students to…..” “Can I come watch you teach …..” It is so exciting to hear teachers share ideas and learn from each other.