ICYMI: Assessment Strengthens Writers

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When the co-authors here at Two Writing Teachers were planning this blog series, one of the ideas we debated was the name for the series. We decided we wanted to make a statement about assessment and our belief about its importance to instruction. We believe “Assessment Strengthens Writers” and this past week, we explored many different ideas related to assessing writers.

On Monday, Melanie shared here thoughts on what constitutes an assessment;

On Tuesday, I shared how we communicate with families about a writer’s growth;

On Wednesday, Lisa shared the why and how record-keeping strengthens writers; 

On Thursday, Beth wrote about the joys, wonders, and challenges of on-demand writing;

On Friday, Betsy described how collaborating with colleagues helps when assessing student writers;

On Saturday, Dana shared how writing portfolios help to see a writer’s growth over time;

On Sunday, Deb discussed how the power that comes when students self-assess and set goals.

Many thanks to Stenhouse Publishers for donating one copy of Conferring With Young Writers: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do by Kristin Ackerman and Jennifer McDonough. Thank you to all our readers who commented during the blog series. The winner of the giveaway is A Jones who commented:

This is great! I am going to use our next team meeting for this.

 We hope you will join us in our Twitter chat tonight at 8:30pm EST as we further discuss how Assessment Strengthens Writers.