An important part of being an educator is reflection. Reflection is a learning process through which you use your experiences and knowledge to guide you in the future. Each week you will have the opportunity to use your journal to reflect on the content you have learned in this course and throughout your degree program. Specifically, you will reflect on the connections you see between each case study and two to three topics from the Program Comprehensive Exam. This week we will be focusing on assessment and planning for instruction. Take a few minutes to think about how the case study addresses these topics. Additionally, read the article Frameworks for response to intervention in early childhood: Description and implications.
In this week’s readings, we looked at the relationship between assessment and instruction and how the combination of these two support children’s learning and development. A common trend in education that supports the relationship of assessment and instruction is Response to Intervention (RtI). By providing specific, targeted interventions for children, we are able to support their areas of strength and opportunity.
The questions below may spark some ideas regarding assessment and planning for instruction. You do not need to address all the questions; instead, write down your thoughts as they unfold. Reflect on the following in your journal:
- What were three main ideas that you learned from the article regarding RTI?
- Based on the case study, what elements of RTI do you think Mrs. Ashland is using with her students? Explain your thinking using justification, supporting details and critical thinking.
- What experience do you have using RTI with children? Explain how you use RTI. If you do not have any experience with RTI, what are your thoughts on using RTI with assessment and instruction
- What role do you see RTI playing in your future work with children?
- Krogh, S. (2013). A Bridge to the Classroom and Early Care: ECE Capstone. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
- Chapter 5: Assessment and Evaluation: The Background
- Pretti-Frontczak, K., Carta, J. J., Dropkin, E., Fox, L., Grisham-Brown, J., Pope Edwards, C., & Sandall, S. (2013, February 7). Frameworks for response to intervention in early childhood: Description and implications. Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/RTI%20in%20Early%20Childhood_0.pdf
- Heald, S. & Zaur, J. (2013). ECE 430: Week 4 case study: Assessment/resources. Ashford University, College of Education, San Diego, CA.
- In Case Study 4, Mrs. Ashland reflects on the day. As a result of her reflection, we see examples of the role of collaborative support of children including family partnerships, administrative support, community resource use and assessment shared decision making.
- Snow, K. (2011). Developing kindergarten readiness and other large-scale assessment systems. NAEYC Center for Applied Research. Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/research/Assessment_Systems.pdf
- This report discusses specific considerations that take into account opportunities and serious cautions in the appropriate use of kindergarten readiness assessments.
- Candice Broom. (2011, June 3). Deacon’s PYP IB Portfolio for EY3 [Video File]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiTea-LUD_Y
- This is an example of an ePortfolio created by an early childhood classroom teacher to showcase a 3 year olds learning.
- This module discusses how progress monitoring can affect the academic outcomes of students, and it demonstrates how to implement curriculum-based measurement with a classroom of students.
- This module explores in detail the assessment procedures integral to RTI. It also outlines how to use progress monitoring data to determine if a student is meeting the established performance criteria or if more intensive.
- Pre-K Student Portfolios (http://www.prekinders.com/student-portfolios)
- This website offers templates and tools for use in the pre-k classroom.
- Jing gives you the basic tools to start sharing images and short videos of f your computer screen.