Educating Children On Literacy Skills

869 WordsJul 15, 20164 Pages
Literacy educators take on a vital responsibility when it comes to educating children on literacy skills. The strength of such skills or lack thereof determines future literacy success. To assist teachers in quality literacy instruction, informal reading assessments must be utilized to direct instructional planning. Results from these assessments allow teachers to know a student’s development, thus plan accordingly for instruction as stated by Dr.Bear (Laureate Production, Inc.2014a).Informal reading assessments also guide teachers to understand a student’s frustration, instructional, and independent levels of learning. With many informal assessments to choose from, the following information describes what was used for my literacy learner known as “Student 1” and the reasons behind choosing such assessments. The assessments used with my literacy learner involved a metalinguistic test designed to inform about concepts of print, an auditory discrimination test for phonemic awareness, and a DIBELS test for fluency in word usage. These assessments were chosen for their short time in administering, immediate feedback opportunity, and end of year benchmark goal. Even though Student 1 struggled with the concept of word assessment, more information would provide me a thorough picture of my learner who had command of verbal skills yet struggled with such basic skills as pointing to the word being read and finding a word in text. However through previous conversations with Student 1,
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