Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Analyzing Data: The Literacy Teacher's Playbook Book Study

This is a long but informative chapter! This chapter is on analyzing data. In the last chapter, it discussed engagement inventories. This was great. In this chapter, we are being acquainted with not only the different logs we can use to analyze the data but questions to ask to get the best data for the different skills. I found this information to be very insightful and informative!!!!

The author gave us an example of a table we can use to summarize the data. I have made it a little more elementary. Grab your free copy here:

Engagement Inventories: Provides information about their behavior while reading. 
the author provided us with the following questions to look for:
Can they settle into reading immediately?
Are they easily distracted and if so is their reading interrupted for extended periods of time?
If distracted do they have strategies to reengage their reading?

Reading Log: When designing a reading log, for younger readers it can focus on the title, author, and the page number. But as the readers mature one should also keep track of the reading level, number of words, wpm, and approximate total # of books read in 30 minutes. These logs tell us so much information. We see what types of books they prefer and which ones they read more fluently and with more zest! 
One important question that can be asked and answered with this log is if the student is reading the best books for their reading level?

Reading Interest Inventory: This inventory can provide you with a plethora of information as long as you ask open ended questions. These questions will spark conversation about the students reading interests and will give you a better picture of them as a reader. 

Writing about Reading: This will provide you with information about their ability to work within a skill. This will give you information about their understanding. By taking their writing and putting them in piles according to their ability, it will provide you with the data about who is grasping the concept and the skill and who still needs to work on it.

Whole book comprehension Assessments: What you are looking for varies in these assessments. It will vary by levels and the type of text being read. 

Fluency Assessment: This record will give us an insight into how well the child is reading. Are they reading with accuracy and speed? Do they have expression?  can they comprehend what they are reading?

As you can see, there is a lot of information in this chapter and this is not even all of it. We broke the chapter into 2 parts! 

Click below to read some more insightful posts about this chapter from some other awesome educators!


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