Monitoring is ongoing and students who are identified

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monitoring is ongoing and students who are identified early on may receive another STAR or DRA assessment and are informally tested all the time during small or large group time. The 21st century has not only brought new assessments and programs but new technology and ways of collecting/tracking data for the students. Several tools are used during class that is accessed through students iPad’s or computer such as Moby Max which track’s student’s progress and is available for teacher’s/parents to access as well. Additionally, her class uses Epic for reading, FRY words for sight, and a variety of educational games both in class and on electronics. Lastly, Mrs. Shupe literacy time is broken up with time in the morning and in the afternoon. During class, she has two blocks of WIN (What I Need) time which students are split of into separate groups depending on their words and in the afternoon a Title 1 teacher pulls individuals or a small group together to work on guided reading. Students who do not need additional supports spend time on their iPad’s for reading or read from their reading box. The last half hour of literacy is spent on writing lessons and practice, universal instructions for strategies, phonics and grammar, spelling, poem of the week, mini-lessons for phonics and grammar, small groups for guided reading, introducing new stories for the week, and independent or partner reading. It has been an amazing experience being inside the classroom of Mrs. Shupe’s classroom focusing on her students and literacy. I continue to gather information that will make my teaching experiences universal for all my future students. Mrs. Shupe has made me aware of several assessments our school district uses to identify and help children further their literacy skills. I love to hear and see the new techniques implement as they help put the whole picture together when we learn about them in class. I continue to value my time in Mrs. Shupe’s classroom and can’t wait to continue to grow my skills.

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