"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."
-Attributed to Colin Powell
Given that it is Wednesday afternoon it is the end of the week for me, and what a week it has been! I have learned so much already and there is obviously still a fair distance to go. We have begun completing the Schedule for Early Number Assessment (SENA) Test with our Year Two students and I am finding it a real eye opening system of assessing a student's mathematical thinking as it is very structured and provides a thorough indication of not just what a student can do but provides insight into how a student completes certain mathematical tasks.
We have also administered the ReST Test, which I have not been able to find links or references to online, but is essentially a spelling test that is testing students' ability to phonographological choices at age appropriate levels. It begins with Early Stage One questions (what letter makes a particular sound) and then steps it up through Stage One with digraphs (students are asked to spell the word shin for example, but are only marked on the /sh/ sound, consonant blends, vowel sounds, split vowels, y as a vowel (as in fly for example). We have a Stage One class so we also completed the first part of the Stage Two test portion which asks students to be able to spell triple blends (which are not triple blends at all, but are actually digraphs blending with a graph) such as /nch/ as in bench. There is a Stage Three component, but overall, the process was fairly quick to do, but it will provide rich useful data that will feed into our programming.
I have more I want to write, but I need to drive to Newcastle and I thought I might go home and see my lovely wife and daughter for a while before I left. How has your week been so far?