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Literacy Teacher's Playbook, The, Grades 3-6

  • Title:The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades 3-6: Four Steps for Turning Assessment Data into Goal-Directed Instruction
  • Author:Jennifer Serravallo
  • Publication Date:October 2013
  • Grade Level:3-6
  • ISBN:9780325043531
  • Publisher:Heinemann

“The aim of The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook,” writes Jennifer Serravallo, “is to help you collect data that is helpful, analyze the data correctly, and make plans based on that data.”

National and state standards set learning goals, and it’s up to you to help each student find his or her path to meeting them. That’s why Jen opens up her thinking on assessment in this workshop-in-a-book. Her four-step protocol leads you toward goal-directed instruction:

  • Collect the data that will be the most useful to you
  • Analyze the data to understand deeply what kids know and can do
  • Synthesize data from multiple assessments to create learning goals
  • Develop instructional plans and follow-ups to monitor progress.

“What you can pull out of a student’s messy desk is actually data,” Jen writes. So she provides downloadable assessment packets from real students representing two puzzling types of learners. Spread Joana’s packet out and let Jen model her protocol. Next try a guided practice with Alex’s work. Then you’ll be ready to try it with your own students.

Trust The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook to discover that assessment isn’t about numbers and letters. It’s about relying on an assessment procedure that helps you know each and every one of your students, so you can teach with confidence and make a difference.

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Author Bio

Jennifer Serravallo is the author of New York Times bestseller The Reading Strategies Book as well as other popular titles, including Teaching Reading in Small Groups; Conferring with Readers; and The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades K–2 and Grades 3–6. Her newest book is The Writing Strategies Book. She is also the author of the Digital Campus Course Teaching Reading in Small Groups: Matching Methods to Purposes where you can watch dozens of videos of Jen teaching in real classrooms and engage with other educators in a self-guided course. Jen began her career in education as a teacher in Title I schools in NYC and later joined the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Through TCRWP and now as an independent consultant, she has spent over a decade helping teachers across the country to create literacy classrooms where students are joyfully engaged and the the instruction is meaningfully individualized to students' goals.

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