By Guest Writer, Ali Parrish (@MsParrishClass http://techieteacher-charactercoach.blogspot.com)
Today is one of my favorite days of the school year. It's one of the few days when I get to assess all my students' reading abilities one-on-one. I love our personal reading meetings when, like a doctor listening to symptoms of a patient, I "diagnose" their reading level, "monitor" the strategies they are currently using and further "prescribe" what they need in order to improve their reading.
Reading assessments take a good amount of time and produce a lot of paperwork but the results of the assessments clarify how students can make huge strides in their reading and comprehension. One hurdle that we need to overcome however is transferring the students' identified needs that the assessments produce into actual reading lessons in the classroom and reading results in their day-to-day lives.
Reading assessments produce piles and piles of paper that teachers may have to wade through to get to what their students really need. ...