Importance Of Diagnostic Assessments

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In my kindergarten classroom, we use a variety of diagnostic assessments. Diagnostics assessments are used to help us determine areas that need clarification, and help us plan future lessons. At the beginning of the year the students were assessed to determine their prior knowledge on math and reading content. Using these results we were given information on our students prior knowledge, which helps us plan instruction that is appropriate for our students. We are currently assessing students over concepts of print for report cards. This week we have tested to determine their knowledge of where to start reading on a page and if they are proficient in the return sweep, and if they know to read top to bottom. By determining our student’s concepts …show more content…
My CT has been doing assessments this week on concepts of print and our usual sight words. She has informed me that after she is able to do more assessing we will begin by grouping students with the same abilities. The diagnostic assessments will show us what students know and what they need to improve on. Once we have created these groups we will be able to provide extra support and extensions based on the groups knowledge of the content. If there are multiple students that struggle with knowing where to start reading on a page, we will put them in a small group and we will be able to provide extra support until they have mastered it. We can differentiate by a variety of grouping strategies, and we may always provide different levels of reading …show more content…
I’ve learned that writing can be very frustrating to kindergartners since the majority can’t read or write words yet. We do a lot of writing workshops and allow the students to free write. However, I have seen that even when we give the students the option to write about anything of their choice they still become frustrated because they don’t know where to start. We do remind them to use our alphabet banner that’s around the top of the wall in the room and the rainbow word chart, however the students still struggle with writing. I haven’t seen My CT provide any sentence starters, sentence frames, or other supports during our writer’s workshop. I believe she is trying to learn what they can do on their own and then we will plan future lessons around their abilities. However, I would like to see the difference of if we gave them sentence starters to get them going on their writing and then have them finish their sentences independently. I’d like to adjust instruction by providing these supports to help get past the initial struggle of how to start and see how the students writing may

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