CAFE


Grading/Touch Points

Gathering Grades

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When my students spend more time reading and less time on worksheets, how do I gather enough data for letter grades?

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Strategies for Assessing, Assigning, and Monitoring Progress

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The good news is that you don't have to wait until you are familiar with each strategy before you use the CAFE Menu. Here are some tips for finding the right assessment.

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Student Conference Page Sample

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Click the links for lengthy samples that show our thinking, and shorter formats that reflect what our writing typically looks after a conference.

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What If Children Don't Apply the Whole-Group Lesson Immediately?

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If we teach a focus lesson and don't see children putting it into immediate practice, we don't worry. Here's why.

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Progress Report Reform

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Amber Garbe of Wisconsin shared this document that she and her team created which incorporates the CAFE Menu into progress reports.

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Daily 5 and Accountability

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Melanie Penner wrote to us with this wonderful idea for metacognitive reflection with her students. With her permission, we are sharing it with you! I just wanted to share a new idea that I am trying in my classroom. We call it our Daily 5 New Applications -- our DNA's.

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Sisters on the Spot–Observing Strategies, Boxing Strategies, Highlighting Strategies

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Amy Wilson from Sheridan, Wyoming asks about when to introduce a new strategy.

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Sisters on the Spot–Communication and Grades

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LaVerne joined us to ask the following two questions: How do you clearly communicate to families where their child is as a reader. How do you assign grades on report cards based on your reading assessments?

 

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Conferring Notebook Follow Through

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If taking notes during one-on-one conferring is new, these tips will help you stick with it.

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Regarding Reading Levels

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We have several reasons for determining a child's independent, instructional, and frustration levels in reading...

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Touching Base with Touch Points

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Every time we meet with a student in a small group and one-on-one we give them a Touch Point.  Here is how and why.

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