Hi Everyone! I'm getting nowhere with jobs. I had an interview for 2nd and 3rd grade position, which I thought I got only to find out this weekend that I didn't get it (principal called and on Saturday). Said she liked my enthusiasm but went with ppl with more experience. Go figure. Anyway, I'm working on another application for a 1st grade position and need some help. Here is the essay question.... Please tell us about strategies that you would employ to assess reading comprehension after a first grade student has read a guided-reading piece. I was going to say something like this.... Having a strong background in reading (currently doing Masters in Reading), I believe literacy is a vital part of my classroom instruction. When assessing a student I would ask the student to retell the story making sure he/she includes the characters, setting, problem, and solution as well as have the student. I would determine what part of the retelling the child is able to do and what part the child has difficulties with. This would then be the basis of my instruction. I would assess the child using the DRA2, BRI, or whatever assessment the school uses. I am big on using Nancy Boyles strategies (do you know those?). Not sure what else I can say. Somehow I know what I'd do but not sure how to say it correctly and in a way that makes me sound like I know my stuff. What do you think? I don't want to sound like everyone else so any and all ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!