I just come across this website and absolutely love the site as i've just started teaching and ideas as these come really helpful.
I have a question though, on assessing children, in this discussion, how do we question them without making them feel intimadated? what kind of question do we ask?
thank you for your time.
Thank you very much for your comment. I am glad you came across this website. Scholastic has a ton of amazing resources for teachers. This section where real teachers blog is very helpful for sharing ideas and strategies that work. I find that I am very open with my young students about their learning. It is always in a positive manner. I tell them to do the best they can and it is okay if they don't know something or can't do something yet. This is why I am checking them so I can help them learn. If students are struggling or below where I would want them to be I just talk with them about how we can practice the skill at school and at home. I have never had a child feel upset or intimidated with any assessments. They all understand that I am there to help and that they are responsible for their learning even at this young age. I think my students love that I am very honest and open about discussing their learning with them. It is amazing how children at this age know what areas they need to improve on. When you include their opinions in the goal setting it becomes a positive experience and students are excited and eager to work on those areas.
I hope this helps you out!
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