I mentioned that the testing window at our school for the first benchmark test for Dibels is during my first week of school (I start on the 15th). All of the other tracks have been in session for three weeks at that point. I start and track 2 goes out on break. The principal stopped me in the hall a couple of days ago and said, “So I hear you aren’t too happy about having to dibel your kids during the first week?” I said, “No, I’m not! We really need to focus on routines and procedures and how can I do that if I have to dibel the kids?”
Can I just say that I LIKE my principal!
She is getting a sub for me on Thursday of that week so that I can test the kids! So I’ll have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with regular routines and procedures and then Thursday, the sub can hold down the fort, and I’ll test and I can still help the sub as needed. Just having another adult in the room when working with small groups or individuals is a big help. Then I can finish up any loose ends on Friday. Now I just need to learn how to use that handheld to score the dibels, I’ve only done it using pen and paper before.