Monday, February 21, 2011
Does State Testing Really Fit in the Workshop Model?
Pardon me as I take a break from technology and reflect on OAA state testing. At my grade level, I will be giving three state tests in May: Reading, Math and Science. I have learned this year how important it is to use my data to guide my instruction; however the part I am struggling with is how to use my data within my workshop model. I have heard, and I am slowly "buying" into the idea of a testing genre.
I have been trying to wrap my mind around the idea of reading and writing about OAA test questions as a form of study in my workshop. I know my fifth grade scores are tied directly to my school's state report card therefore I will be starting my testing genre next week. Through professional development at my school, I have read many articles that reinforce important ideas for me to consider as I begin my unit. I need to
*expose my students to different types of OAA reading samples (fiction, non fiction and poetry)
*increase stamina by increasing the amount of time my students are working on practice tests
*teach my students to read passages more than one time
*model for them how to answer 2 and 4 point questions based on the passage
*allow plenty of time so that my students can become comfortable with this genre
When I implement this list at school this week I think my workshop will look something like this:
Mini Lesson: Let's share a story (poem) today about ..... Focusing on a specific skill....... creating an anchor chart with key points
Practice: Here is another story I would like you to go and practice on your own
Small group: From my data, I would pull a small group of students who need reinforcement before working on their own
Release the small group to do some of the work on their own so I can have conferences
Share Time: Review the focus skill answers and ask students to reflect on what they have learned about themselves as test takers?
I guess I can do this but it just doesn't feel very comfortable for me.......any thoughts?