I am off to a busy start in the RAP room. These first few weeks of school I am busy doing assessments. In the primary unit I am doing the POA (Primary Observation Assessment) in conjunction with the classroom teachers. These are a group of tests given individually that give me information about students' knowledge of letters, sounds, words and books. Also, I am assisting teachers with the DSA (Developmental Spelling Assessment).
By the time I am done with these assessments I have a pretty good handle on how to meet the needs of our students as learners in reading and word work instruction.
I am looking forward to a great year helping children to become lovers of reading and books. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child's face light up when he or she has successfully read a book, understood an author's point of view, or figured out the code of unlocking words.