Cheryl Angel


Reading this book has been one of the most transformative things that I’ve done this school year. Some of the things that I learned:

1. Don’t plan what you are going to teach without consideration of the student.
2. Formative assessment is more than a pretest and post test.
3. It’s okay to do different assessments for different students.
4. Use artifacts from what students are already doing or creating. It doesn’t need to be
something new.
5. Identify a strength, instead of a weakness, and tie learning possibilities to the
6. Help students identify and set their own goals.
7. Use tools, such as a Google Doc or Research Inventory that help to track progress
throughout a project.
8. Use the tools to collect data, by identifying strengths and possibilities.
9. Conferring with students is an effective way to address the specific goals and needs
of specific students.
10. Use conferring to link strategies to specific goals.

I love when a professional book opens my eyes and helps me see things differently. I highly recommend, The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook by Jennifer Serravallo, to anyone who wants to learn more about formative assessment. She will also be at the Literacy Connection Workshop on Saturday, April 18. Check the Literacy Connection website for additional information