I mentioned the other day that I had finished giving all of my kids the requisite DIBELS tests. I’ve been analyzing the scores and rearranging my groups.
It’s interesting to see how the scores break the groups down. I still have a group of 6 kids who I would label “at risk”. Two extremely so, and the other four not so bad. Even the two have made significant progress, just not enough to be at grade level and we are running out of time. We have about seven weeks of school left. So they comprise a group of six who will continue to get extra interventions through the end of the year. According to my result page on the Voyager website, which groups by Struggling, Emerging, or On Track, I only have two in the Struggling category. However, the other four, while not as bad, are still weak in two areas of the three we tested.
What’s amazing is what happens when it clicks for some kids. I have two who went from Medium at-risk to my very top group. One little girl’s score is the second highest score in the class and she was in my intervention group in January. It’s funny, because we work with words and language all day, but don’t often get to sit down and read an actual book. The kids are learning more than they think. I’ve had a number of them tell me that they can’t read, and then when I get out one of the readers, they read it just fine.
There is a huge determining factor in their PERCEPTIONS of what they can or can’t do. If they THINK they can’t read, then you can have a hard time convincing them otherwise. Which is funny, but it probably has a lot to do with the way I am teaching reading. If we actually got the leveled readers out and read them more, they would probably see themselves more as readers. Most of them have the skills, they just don’t know it. Or they don’t have someone that can sit down with them and practice reading. And in class, we only have so many minutes in the day. As the year starts to wind down though, we should have more time to actually get to the leveled readers in small groups. In kindergarten, so much time is spent in getting them where they can work independently so that you CAN do small groups.