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Literacy Teacher's Playbook, The, Grades K-2

  • Title:The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades K-2: Four Steps for Turning Assessment Data into Goal-Directed Instruction
  • Author:Jennifer Serravallo
  • Publication Date:February 2014
  • Grade Level:K-2
  • ISBN:9780325053004
  • Publisher:Heinemann

“I wanted to write a book that helps you really see your students,” writes Jennifer Serravallo. From a kindergartner’s loops and pictures to a second grader’s reading log, her Literacy Teacher’s Playbook details exactly how she comes to understand them deeply and meet everyone’s literacy needs—and the standards.

“My I-wish-I-knew-then-what-I-know-now experiences are the main inspiration for this book,” writes Jen. So her workshop-in-a-book shares a powerful approach to assessment, planning, and teaching. Go beyond curriculum to develop differentiated reading and writing goals then plan targeted instruction with her four-step assessment protocol:

  • Collect data—student work and everyday assessments—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 child’s messy seat pocket is data.” So Jen provides downloadable assessment packets from real children representing two puzzling types of young learners. Spread Marelle's packet out and let Jen model how she analyzes little kids’ work. Next try a guided practice with Emre's work. Then you'll be ready to try it with your own students.

“My goal,” writes Jen, “is to help you understand your students with the depth that allows you to tweak your units and ensure you’re giving every student opportunities for success.” Follow the play tens of thousands of teachers have succeeded with: trust Jen Serravallo and feel the confidence that comes from making winning instructional decisions based on powerful assessments.

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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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