Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Okay, Okay, I know I'm a little late for this party, but I have been making things all week and was so anxious to post my very first "Monday Made It" yesterday and then never got around to it! So here goes....better late than never right??

This week I made a collection of 12 assessment tools to use in my classroom this year. I was not happy with my assessment notebook and method that I have been using previously. It just wasn't working for me! For one, I didn't like scrambling around for coins, flashcards, and materials each time I was assessing a student. Two, I like to keep running records and I want them in one place. I wanted to be able to look at one sheet to see each student's progress from trimester to trimester for the entire year, and also know exactly what they missed. I don't want to just know that they got 18/26 letter sounds.....I want to know exactly what letter sounds they missed. Other assessments I have used or found require a new recording sheet each time you assess and I find myself flipping through all the paperwork in their assessment folder comparing their results and progress. So I also wanted a master recording form where I could put all of their assessment results and locate them in one place. I believe with these documents I have eliminated my assessment problems and will have everything organized and in one location for the new school year.

You should also know that I teach special needs children that are in grades 1 - 5, so my students are on many different levels and a few of my students are at a KG level. So these assessments are designed to meet the needs of special needs students and/or students at various levels and may not suit the needs of general education students.

And thanks to Ms. Jessica and her TECHNOLOGY TUESDAYS at A Turn to Learn, I learned how to do this today!

Letter & sound recognition  sheet for student.  I need to figure out how to put a border around these before posting so they show up better. Doesn't show up that well with the white on white. And I couldn't make them any bigger because if I do, they come out blurry! 
Letter & sound recognition recording sheet for teacher.
You'll have all of your assessment data for the year in one place and be able to easily analyze your data.  
Phonics Assessment recording sheet for teacher
Phonics Assessment sheet for student
Relative Positions of Objects K.G.1-2
Comparing Numbers Assessment K.CC.7
First & Last Name Assessment
Money Assessment
No more looking for my coins. 

Basic Skills Master Recording Sheet for Level 1 and Level 2
Here, every assessment you do can be recorded in ONE place.
 I will use Level 1 with my lower students and Level 2 with my higher students. The student may not complete every assessment listed on the recording sheet as every assessment may not be applicable to them. 

Behavioral/Social Skills Recording Sheet

Body Parts Recording Sheet
Fine & Gross Motor Skills Recording Sheet
I will place all of my assessments in sheet protectors and then into an assessment binder. I am planning to copy the four Master Recording Forms (the last four listed above) on the four sides (one on each side) of a manilla folder so that I can easily and quickly refer to my student's assessment data, while their assessments will go inside of the folder. Everything will be in one place!! I think this is going to work perfectly for me and hope that you will find something useful to use for your assessments.

AND lastly.....I made this!

It's kinda hard to take a picture of a mirror! It's nothing fancy, but I'm not super crafty. I have looked for a cute mirror to hang over the sink in my classroom since last school year and have had no luck. So I bought this mirror at Walmart for 5 bucks and painted it. It was black before, but I forgot to take a before picture. I really like primary colors and those are the colors of my classroom, so it will match perfectly! And there you have it.....two projects knocked off of "My To Do List!" Yay! Actually three.....if you count doing my very first "Made It Monday!"

Wow! That took a while! In long that it's now after midnight, so I am actually posting this on Wednesday rather than Tuesday! Oh well, the linky is still open for three more it must be okay! If any of you have any ideas or strategies for how you assess your special needs students, I would love to hear them!  

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