First day assessments

Discussion in 'Special Education' started by WaterfallLady, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. WaterfallLady

    WaterfallLady Enthusiast

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    I've found that formal assessments give me less insight than I would have imagined about how a child will function in my classroom. What informal assessments do you do the first day to see how a child functions in your actual environment? This is what my brain is doing now: :dizzy:
     
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  3. deefreddy

    deefreddy Companion

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    Hi Waterfall Lady,
    If you send me your email, I will send a checklist that I use in my HS life skills class.
     
  4. teachersk

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    I have a "home skills checklist" that I use (among other things), which is helpful for determining target skills in the areas of ADL, independence, and community skills. If you PM me your email, I'll send you the list.
     
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    Watching this thread for ideas... I agree formal assessments are limited (though they have their usefulness) but my informal assessments as of now are basically just "watch and see." Maybe I should modify that to "watch and see with checklist" to look at specific, more telling behaviors? Hmmm... I definitely want to revamp my whole "intake"/starting style so I can more quickly target my instruction.
     
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    I don't have a life skills classroom, but I'll answer anyway! I use a variety of assessments. I prefer to use a lot for the best information, which then helps with writing IEPs, however I don't always have time for all of them, as I am alone with administering them and have caseloads of 15-22 kids sometimes.

    I use sections of the Brigance, the Wilson Assessment of Decoding and Encoding, the Targeted Mathematics Intervention Diagnostic, a capitalization/punctuation pretest, a writing sample, 100 basic addition/subtraction/multiplication, Fry's 1000 words.

    Really just depends on what information I think will be important. Principal is really pushing data collection & reporting (to her) so I need quick and easy ways to assess things. I didn't turn data in often enough last year.
     
  7. Jaimels1976

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    Could you please send the home skills list to me too? I was a co-teacher for two years and this school year I will have my own Autism & severe/profound classroom. I'm at a loss of what to do.
     
  8. teachersk

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    Sorry guys, I was out of town and was just able to send the home skills checklist today. Jaimels1976, you'll have to PM me your e-mail in order for me to send it to you.

    For those of you that are following this thread, here are some additional FREE and AMAZING resources. These are geared towards "Mod/Severe/Profound" kiddos and many of the objectives align to state standards. This is from the FACES curriculum that was developed by an Educational Service Center (ESC) in Texas. I used these materials in my program in Texas.

    http://www.esc2.net/centers/instructional/ADTech/FACES-Language Arts/Assessment.doc.pdf Language Arts Assessment

    http://www.esc2.net/centers/instructional/ADTech/FACES-Math/List of Objectives.pdf Math Skills Checklist

    http://www.esc2.net/centers/instructional/ADTech/FACES-Science/List of Objectives.pdf "Science" (and Daily Living) Skills Checklist

    http://www.esc2.net/centers/instructional/ADTech/FACES-Social Studies/List of Objectives.pdf "Social Studies" (and Community) Skills Checklist

    http://www.esc2.net/centers/instructional/ADTech/FACES-Vocational/List of Objectives.pdf Vocational and Independence Skills Checklist

    Curriculum Resources, Teaching Ideas/Lesson Plans, and Curriculum Guides:
    http://www.esc2.net/centers/instructional/ADTech/FACES.asp
     
  9. trishlyn70

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    teachersk...please email me at Trishlyn70@att.net
    I have some questions about life skills classroom ideas.
    thanks
    trish
     

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