3. Where will you begin the first lesson with your student?
Imagine that you have just learned that you will be matched with a student as soon as you have completed this course. As you think about that first meeting, your initial excitement gives way to a nagging question: Where do I begin the lesson?
From the moment we meet someone new, we begin to assess the person through speech, mannerisms, and dress. With your learner, you also make judgments about her literacy skills based on writing samples, application forms, and word-of-mouth.
Remember, just as your are assessing your student, she is assessing you!
After years of failure in school, your learner will probably be paralyzed at the thought of taking a test. Yet, in order to teach her effectively, you will need to know where to begin in order to help her achieve her literacy goals. Your program's initial assessment of your student will be both formal and informal. Please click on the required links below and read them.
Diagnostic Inventory is an assessment that is widely distributed by ProLiteracy America to community-based and faith-based organizations. Read the teacher's guide closely, and "practice" giving the test to a friend or family member, before trying it with your new student. This inventory will give you a quick idea of where to start with your student in the first few lessons.
We suggest that you put your student at ease before going through these exercises, especially if your student has just met you. Explain why these diagnostics are important and how starting at the right place will help them in the long run.
- Link to Diagnostic Inventory (PDF document).
- LINCS: Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles. More information about assessing your student. (Optional)