“Assessment, and specifically student self-assessment, allows teachers to tap into student differences in order to see how their teaching can respond to their students’ needs. Student self-assessment leads to increased engagement across content areas and remains a key characteristic of life-long learning. Motivation to learn increases when students are asked to critically analyze their own learning. And, if continued assessment informs instruction, students and teachers benefit from student feedback about what a student does and does not understand.” – ReadWriteThink

  • Students will use the California State Standards to set learning goals and will track their own progress five times a year with their teacher in their personal binder in grades 2-5.
  • Students will answer questions asked by the teacher using a variety of methods including but not limited to: heads together, thumbs up/down, choral response, white boards, writing, and personal response.

“To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students need to learn to use writing as a way of offering and supporting opinions, demonstrating understanding of the subjects they are studying, and conveying real and imagined experiences and events. They learn to appreciate that a key purpose of writing is to communicate clearly to an external, sometimes unfamiliar audience, and they begin to adapt the form and content of their writing to accomplish a particular task and purpose. They develop the capacity to build knowledge on a subject through research projects and to respond analytically to literary and informational sources. To meet these goals, students must devote significant time and effort to writing, producing numerous pieces over short and extended time frames throughout the year” – The Common Core

  • Students will learn writing in multiple genres including argument/opinion, informative/explanatory texts, and narrative, following a multistep sequence for learning writing. The basic six steps include modeling, shared and guided writing, revision and editing, and finally sharing, publishing, and dress rehearsal.
  • Students will routinely write opinion pieces, informative/explanatory texts, and narratives over the course of the year, aligned with the standards of the California Common Core, according to their grade level and their abilities. Students will also follow the 1997 California Standards.

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