July 19, 2013                                   Tip of the Week

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Assessing Student Learning

Allison Behne 

A few months ago we surveyed our readers in an effort to improve our website. We asked questions about the most frequently used features, the not so frequently used features, and those that fall inbetween. Taking this information, along with the information we have obtained from teachers during our travels, we concentrated our efforts on meeting the needs of our readers. As a result, we are pleased to announce that we will be introducing some amazing new features over the next few weeks. We are so excited to share these wonderful resources with yAssessing Student Learningou!

This week we want to introduce you to a new resource designed to assist teachers with assessment of The Daily CAFE strategies. These guides were created as a formative assessment tool to assist teachers in identifying students' strengths and weaknesses as they learn and practice reading strategies. Keep in mind, this resource will provide possible assessment options for each strategy. However, many options exist. It is up to the classroom teacher to be mindful of his/her students and what will best serve their needs.

This new resource, Assessing Student Learning, can be found under each strategy in the Interactive CAFE Menu. We will be adding a new assessment each week, until an assessment for each strategy is complete.

Assessing Student Learning: Check for Understanding by Hollie Gebhardt
CAFE and Daily 5 Workshops

In less than a month we will be in Atlanta, Georgia. We'd love to have you join us for a Daily 5 and CAFE workshop. It would be a great way to refresh your knowledge before the new school year begins.

2013 Workshops
FAQ: What materials are best for Word Work?

We'd love to share what we've learned over the years as we've refined this important Daily 5 choice.
Thoughtful Seating Options (SLIDESHOW)

Are you mentally or physically setting up your classroom for the new school year? If so, take a look at these thoughtful options.

Here are 10 things that will help bring health to your mind and body.

The CCPensieve Does It for You!

Keeping track of your conferences and small-group meetings is easy with the CCPensieve. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and try out the self-populating feature for yourself. We believe you will love it.

This Week For Members

 Interested in becoming a member of The Daily CAFE™? 

 For More Information

Common Core Alignment-Eighth Grade (DOWNLOAD)

Here is the CAFE Menu for eighth grade aligned with the CCSS.
Work on Writing I-Chart (VIDEO)

When students have lots of schema for behaviors of independence, creating the I-chart goes quickly and smoothly. Let's pop into this fifth-grade classroom and see what it looks like for Work on Writing.
Lit Lesson-The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

This Grouchy Ladybug will help teach many CAFE strategies.
Join in on the Conversation

Word Work Discussion Board
Until Next Week!