When I was fifteen and learning how to drive, my dad would take me out on occasion to practice driving. Every time I got to a stop sign and needed to turn, he would exclaim, "Swerve and hit it!" That usually made me a nervous wreck, and then I would immediately want to turn around and go home. Now, looking back on it, I really like the expression. Sometimes, we must realize when we need to pick up the pace. For me-- it's time to swerve and hit it!
So, that being said my first goal is to work on my students reading achievement. After a Lexile SRI test today I realized a few things.
1. High level students only need a little push and encouragement to excel.
- 17 out of 22 students increased their reading comprehension scores within the 9 weeks. Two students are below grade level.
- 4 students increased their scores/ 9 students scores decreased. Only two students are currently on grade level out of all students.
- 10 students scores increased and 11 students scores decreased/ 8 students are below grade level.
Also--vocabulary work for all!
Data is interesting and scary, but maybe scary in a good way. I think it's good to be open to it, because hopefully in the end it will help the students achieve, and that is the ultimate goal--helping them be successful.
Let's Get It Done!!