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New Test ARMT +

I’m thinking we might just need a new way of teaching and thinking about our teaching. Here is a link to a powerpoint created by the Alabama State Department of Education for the new ARMT + state test that will be given in the spring in place of the old ARMT test.

http://www.alsde.edu/search/default.aspx?query=armt%20plus

One of our teachers was sent to a training on this new ARMT + test this past week and will be giving us an overview of it in the near future. These are the key things that I just notice after looking at this powerpoint:

1. Critical thinking skills

2. Write, write, write, write, write

3. Vocabulary

4. Students setting goals for themselves

5. Individualized plans/guides for each child

There are other things I noticed, but these 5 just sort of jumped out at me while I was going through the powerpoint. So, here is where I stand as a teacher of these things so far this year after 7 weeks of school.

1. Check (trying to do this through comprehension reading strategies, reading response letters, working with partners and groups, etc.)

2. A small check-I need to allow MORE time each day for this

3. Check-10 words each week with formal instruction. BUT, I know that I need to be doing more with this-informally, too!

4. Will be able to check this next week-I am beginning small group instruction and individual conferences this next week so each student will be setting a reading goal (with my guidance)-this goal will change as each one is mastered

5. Same as #4-will be able to check this next week

I’m feeling pretty good about what I have been doing so far, but I know the areas that I need to work on. Can’t wait to begin true small group/individual instruction this next week. We did a trial run for small groups this past week and it went well. :)

Well, gotta go! Auburn is playing on TV, and I have plans to make for school next week!

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