about teaching is ASSESSMENTS. Ugh, they take soooo long. We don’t give grades in kindergarten, which I think is very
wise. So much of kindergarten is developmental and sometimes kids just need
time to get all of their ducks in a row (or for the light bulb to come on).:)
each objective for each grading period and often the previous grading periods
too. This includes alllllllllllll
letters, sounds, sight words, numbers, etc. Geez Louise, it's a lot.
Before this year, I would create spreadsheet after spreadsheet
with everything assessed. Then, I would go through each student’s spreadsheet
and write down areas of weakness. THEN, I would combine list after list to
create my groups. OMGoodness. What a hot mess! That’s enough to send a girl
straight to the wine bottle.
their software a week before I started my assessments for the first grading
period. Perfect timing. It was like…laaaaa (cue
angels, lol), a gift from above. It only took me about 15 minutes to add my class and sign up. Then, I had my teammates sign up for the free trial too so we could all
venture in to this together. I wanted to see the benefit for our administration
because from what I saw, the ability to see the data was pretty sweet. (They have a video on the website that has a great overview).
amazing software. I can complete my
assessments in less than half the time it previously took. I have a small
laptop in my room (but you could use your phone or ipad too) that I have next
to me for testing. I chose to create my own assessments based upon my report
card (which is totally easy) but ESGI has dozens of fabulous pre-made assessments.
I pull up the assessments and test each student. I don’t have to write anything
down or flip flash cards or point to letters. I just click my mouse and
everything is done for me. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
ESGI was created by a kindergarten teacher. That makes me happy
because you know we are a breed of our own and you have to live our world to
understand it. So, let me show you a few things I love!
graph for each objective. For example, I tested students a week after I taught
the letter “i”. After reviewing the bar graph, I realized that I had
some reteaching to do because too many of my kids said the incorrect sound. I
LOVE this. This holds ME accountable in a more visual way.
So, why am I sharing this? Well, because I wish someone had told me about this years ago. My time is precious and because of ESGI, I am not pulling my hair out when doing assessments. What's the catch? Well, yes it costs money. Everything does. Sadsville I know but it is worth it. Not to mention that ESGI has an amazing team that you can call and get help any time. They are previous educators and really have a heart for helping teachers. I love this so much that I shared it with my principal who shared it with our assistant superintendent of curriculum. If the district can't purchase it we already have plan B and will write a grant. Yes, it is that important to us.