Sunday, 22 December 2013

Testing phonics? Play the game!

 As we have just about got our heads around long vowel sounds - and established classroom strategies for sussing those impossible to decode sounds ("magic 'e'?", "double 'e'?") reward system is to play a game again. I think we last played this in the summer & needed teamwork & teacher support...not so Friday. Game played at a blistering pace - read cards, choose one to give a chance of making four-in-a-row, put counter down, next player. 

Why was I surprised they could do this? I think because they couldn't before! My students really got a lot of satisfaction out of measurably improving & needing almost no support. 

So how do you gauge your students' progress in reading/spelling?