Carousel - What strategies are in use at your school?
  • Strategies for ascertaining interests and talents
    • Survey - parent and student
    • personal letter
    • student writes their own sample report card illustrating how he/she believes she did the year before (subject by subject)
    • In art - student draw/colour/paint his/her own work. No samples, no tracing
    • personal interview
    • brainstorm
    • choice of activities
    • sign-up on charts
    • smiley faces on interests and skills
    • I AM poem
    • The important book -
    • exposing students to different opportunities
    • offering choice
    • observe outside of class
    • co-curriculum for students to choose which class they would like to attend after school (dance, piano, sports, etc)
  • Strategies for ascertaining learning styles/ multiple intelligences
    • Kid watching all the time
    • play a video, read a story and gather responses and feelings
    • reflections on work/experiences - what intelligences did I use?
    • storybook characters with whom students identify
    • survey, checklist
    • differentiated teaching
    • real action opportunities
    • observing the way students choose to present their learning
    • online surveys
    • assign cooperative tasks and observe
    • setting diverse centrres/stations
    • MI stations - who we are, how do I learn best, what do I like best?
  • Strategies for ascertaining academic ability
    • Don't pigeon-hole too quickly
    • notice time it takes to grasp info/to achieve skills
    • meet with previous teacher
    • ongoing reports and assessments
    • show pictures or props... let them speak out and sing song or play games related to them
    • editing skills and get children to comment on their friends work. What do they think is good or needs improvement?
    • diagnostic assessment - New Zealand numeracy project
    • STAR reading (from New Zealand)
    • Continuum (First Steps, Bonnie Campbell-Hill, DRA, PM Benchmarks, Words-their Way)
    • Schonell list
    • anecdotal records
    • Student self/peer assessment
    • Running Records
    • BURT word lists
    • Placement tests (example: to determine level of language class)
    • Formal reports from previous teachers
    • Standardized testing
    • Anecdotal records

  • Strategies for ascertaining language needs
    • language survey for students and families
    • language profile
    • ask who needs a language buddy
    • PM benchmarks
    • writing samples
    • 5-finger reading test
    • I-PICK strategy (I choose, purpose, interest, comprehend, know)
    • STAR reading
    • talking with LS and ESL teachers
    • discussions
    • play games, sing songs
    • reading buddies - pair older and younger students
    • interview
    • formal diagnostics
    • writing samples
    • pretests
    • five finger reading test
    • children's show and tell
    • free writing
    • role play