Love of Literacy

We know from research that it is important to make careful observations and assessments of our students and to use this information to inform our teaching.  When put into practice, what should our teaching look like?  How can we keep track of all the assessment data to interpret and plan for student needs?

We begin by: 

It is essentially a cyclical process.  As we learn about student interests, strengths, and weaknesses, we can focus our planning even more, while continuing to touch on the six elements above. 

Keeping track of the assessment data can be the next hurdle.  Over the years I have used  many data collection tools to varying degrees of success.  I developed the reading and Writing Development Data forms for a couple of reasons:

I also want the information of my whole class to be on one page so that I can see at a glance the areas that the group is managing well with, and areas that need more focus.  By using these forms you will be able to decide how to focus your instruction.  Teaching should be as individualized as possible.  It is not in the best interest of the students to spend a huge amount of time on a strategy that perhaps only one or two students need to work on.  These forms will help you plan for whole group, small group, and individual instruction in both reading and writing.

Click on the links below to access the Reading and Writing Development Data Forms and descriptions of how to use them.


If the shoe fits, you’re not allowing for growth.
-- Robert Coons

Using Assessment to Guide Your Teaching