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Assessment In Kindergarten Resources to Support Growing Success - The K Addendum

This Adobe Spark provides a self-directed learning tour of some of the many resources available through EduGAINS to support assessment in Kindergarten. You can work through the materials on your own, or with one or more colleagues. Approximate time to complete the full tour is estimated to be 8-10 hours.

You are encouraged to take notes in a journal as you work through the material to keep a record of your learning journey. Here is a link to one option you may wish to download and/or print to track your learning and reflections:

As you click on each tab, a new window will open with the selected resource. You will be able to navigate back and forth between tabs.

Learning Goal:

Within the context of the asset-based view of the child in Kindergarten, locate relevant resources to support the assessment and communication of learning.

To reach this goal, you will:

  • watch one or more animated e-modules that provide an overview of Growing Success - The Kindergarten Addendum (2016)
  • view and respond to a webcast to support your understanding of the process of pedagogical documentation as the foundation of assessment in Kindergarten
  • read through a learning module that focuses on communicating information about children's learning and development in authentic and meaningful ways
  • review the Educator Guide: "Communicating with Parents about Children's Learning", Draft 2, to understand how best to communicate enduring, evidence-based concerns
  • review a slide deck on assessing learning in the four frames
  • find and share one additional resource with your learning partners (Parent Guide and/or"Principals Want to Know" tip sheet, about Kindergarten)

Introduction

Educators use a variety of ways to communicate children's learning with families throughout the school year. The process of pedagogical documentation helps educators in communicating learning with families both formally and informally. The resources shared in this e-course will support you as you use assessment for learning with the Kindergarten children you work with.

We invite your feedback at any point throughout this self-guided course.

1. E-Modules

Let's begin by unpacking the Kindergarten Addendum. Click the button below to watch a 3-minute, animated e-module introducing the policy.

What new information did you get by watching this e-module? What questions do you still have?

This module is part of a series of 5 that can be found under "Professional Learning" in the "Professional Learning Facilitator" tab on EduGAINS. Maybe you and some colleagues can watch another video in the series together.

2. Pedagogical Documentation

In this section, you will watch a 1.5-hour webcast about making the process of pedagogical documentation come alive.

How are you and your colleagues using pedagogical documentation at your school? What are some ways you and your colleagues might use these additional resources to continue to grow your understanding and use of pedagogical documentation?

Possible Next Steps...

How might the process of pedagogical documentation benefit students in other grades? How have the resources in this section prepared you to begin a conversation about pedagogical documentation with your Kindergarten and other Primary/Junior colleagues?

3. Communicating Information

In this section, you will review a learning module in PPT format that focuses on communicating information about children's learning.

A facilitator guide exists to support educator leaders in using the above module to support a professional learning session. This guide and additional learning modules can be found on EduGAINS - Kindergarten, in the "Resources" menu, under the Professional Learning Facilitator tab (see image below).

4. Educator Guide

Communicating with Parents about Children's Learning, a Guide for Educators, is found in EduGAINS - Assessment, on the "Policy Documents and Guides" page. This is the top item of the menu at the left hand side of the Classroom Educator tab.

This guide has been revised based on feedback from Educators like you, and now includes two appendices highlighting the shifts in the way learning is formally communicated to families within The Kindergarten Program 2016. This current revision also addresses some recurring FAQs from the field, and includes additional reflection questions for Educators using the Guide.

Tasks to complete as you review the Guide:

  • locate the section on equitable and inclusive communication (page 13), and read
  • find some sample comments, and consider how the nature of these comments reflects equitable and inclusive education
  • locate one of the green "Questions for Reflection" boxes; jot down your response to one or more of the questions
  • peruse Appendix B (page 28); what are some of the shifts in practice you observe, when it comes to communicating concerns?
As educators assess children’s learning, they must bear in mind that children enter the Kindergarten program at different stages of development and with diverse backgrounds and experiences – and that they will leave it at different stages and at different points in their growth in relation to the program expectations.

The Kindergarten Program (2016, p. 43)

Reflected also in Growing Success - The Kindergarten Addendum (pg. 3)

5. The Four Frames

In this section, you will review a slide deck about assessing learning in the four frames of The Kindergarten Program (2016)

A facilitator guide is also available to accompany this ppt. How might you use this resource with colleagues at your school or board?

6. Additional Resources

A number of additional resources exist to support you and your colleagues. Have a look at one or both of the resources below. How might you use them with your colleagues, families, school administrators or others?

Summary

Thank you for completing this e-course on Assessment in Kindergarten!

You should now be able to locate relevant resources to support the assessment and communication of learning within the context of the asset-based view of the child in Kindergarten. Please take a moment to revisit the learning goal and outcomes at the top of this page, and reflect on your learning journey.

You may have additional questions. We invite you to visit the FAQ section of EduGAINS to find our more about assessment in general and Kindergarten assessment in particular.

More questions? Feedback?

Please contact us!

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