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In my years of teaching, I most look forward to the beginning of every school year. Not solely because I enjoy the excitement of a new group of students, but I truly enjoy the stage of informally assessing them within the first few weeks of school. Informal assessments are to be treated as such; informally. I do my best to create an environment of conversation as opposed to drilling them with 20 questions on the first week. According to Dr. Bear, the informal reading inventory is a teaching tool for teachers, and should be conducted regularly with our students (Walden University, 2014f). After viewing the video with Dr. Bear, I have learned a couple of techniques that I believe would fit in my classroom. In comparison to informal assessments I have conducted and the one I observed Dr. Bear doing, I can see where my strategy could use room for improvement. I have been taught to treat informal assessments as data gathering, and writing ticks, and circle misspelled letters and words which eventually turns the informal assessment setting to a more formal assessment setting. I specifically can

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