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Informal Assessment (MV)
Textbook definition: Informal measures of reading that yield useful information about student performance without comparisons to the performance of a normative population.
Lesson description: Writing Conference Log
Observation date: March 2, 2012
School and Teacher: Thomas Elementary, Mrs. Bristol
Objective of lesson: To assess the students writing and comprehension.
Materials used: Writing conference log.
The students were at specials so I had the opportunity to learn about the teachers writing conference log.
The teacher did not have an extra copy of the conference log so I drew a copy of my own.
She showed me a copy of a students conference log that she had done previously.
The teacher explained to me that she can use the students writing notebooks to for informal testing by reviewing the work they do throughout the week.
She uses her conference log to fill in the appropriate information and meets with the student once a week to go over what they are doing well in and what they need to work on.
She explained each column of the conference log.
The first column is the student.
The second column is the day of the conference with the student.
the third column is what the student knows and does well.
the forth column is where the teacher writes what the student needs improvement in.
The fifth column is notes that the teacher makes about the conference.
The sixth column is the date of a mini lesson that the student does to improve his/her skills that need improvement in.
Underneath the conference log is the key of terms the teacher uses in the conference log. Please see supporting documents for the key.
The teacher showed me examples of work from the students writing notebook and how she filled the conference log out.
We examined and a few other notebooks and conference logs while the students were at specials (about 25 minutes).
When they arrived back to class they had about 15 minutes to work on a social studies chapter lesson frame and then pack up for their next class.
Observations: The observations I made from this informal assessment were enlightening and informal. I really appreciated the teacher taking her extra time out to show me how she does an informal assessment. She does other assessments on the students, but uses this as a guide to see what her students are comprehending during their writing lessons.
Benefits: I think this would benefit the students in the way of guidance and support. By using an informal assessment such as the teacher's writing conference log the student knows what he/she needs to work for future success in the class.
Drawbacks: No drawbacks.
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