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CAFE Brain Break and Assessment—An Engaging Way to Assess Student Strategy Knowledge

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This engaging activity is a favorite among students and helps teachers assess student knowledge of CAFE strategies. 

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Quickly Assess Learning with a Parking Lot

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This idea helps us quickly check student knowledge of a concept.

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Exit Slips–Parking Lot

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The purpose of formative assessment is to monitor and enhance student learning.  This Post-it Note Parking Lot is a simple and efficient formative assessment.

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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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Assessment in Perspective

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If you've ever felt like you're drowning in data, you'll want to hear the answer to this question.

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3 Important Ideas Regarding Fluency

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Just because a student doesn't do well on a fluency test doesn't necessarily mean there is a big problem.  Here are three things we consider.

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Running Records Calculator

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If you are a frequent user of an iPod, iPad, or iPhone in your classroom, you may be interested in this application that makes taking running records a breeze!

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Determining Which Strategy to Assign

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These handy tools provide support if you are struggling to determine which strategy will best help your students achieve their reading goals.

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About Assessments

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Our filter for a good assessment is always the same.

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Eight Tips for Managing One-on-One Assessments

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These tips will help you facilitate individual assessments in an organized and timely manner. 

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Recording Assessment Data

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Three or four times a year, we monitor progress to celebrate growth and adjust instruction. This form makes it easy to keep track of.

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Assessing Knowledge of the CAFE Menu

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This video shows a wonderful way to quickly gather information about what a class knows about CAFE.

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Efficient Assessment Area

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In this video, Joan shows us how to organize our assessment area to maximize efficiency.

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Check for Understanding–Teach, Model, and Practice

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Watch the scaffolding Janet does with Tucker as she hands over the learning of this strategy. A great video showing the gradual release of responsibility.

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Assessing What Students Know about Daily 5 and CAFE

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Whenever you decide to do this lesson, at the beginning of the year, mid-year or even at the end, you'll find it is a great way to get kids thinking about what they know about Daily 5, CAFE, and gives you a wonderful way to tap into their schema.

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Goal Setting with a Student and Teacher New to CAFE

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Gail has the joy of working with Cindy, a veteran teacher new to CAFE and one-on-one conferring, along with Joshua, one of Cindy's students, in this two video segment. The first video takes you into the first conference with Joshua, the second video is the debrief between Gail and Cindy.

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Figure Out Which CAFE Strategies Your Students Know

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This activity is a quick way to discover how well you students know the CAFE strategies.

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Assessment Boxes

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We have two assessment boxes. This will explain them each.

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Filled Conferring Sheets

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Conferring forms hold valuable information, but managing the papers can be a bit of a challenge.

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The Value of End of Year Assessments

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End of year assessments can prove valuable to both teachers and students. 

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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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Why We Add Strengths to the Conferring Form

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A conversation we had with Donald Graves changed our thinking and form.  Here are his words.

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