“Only careful monitoring will assure me that the child is not becoming confused and practicing inappropriate behaviors…..(A child) may practice behaviors day after day for a year, and that will handicap his subsequent progress.” -Marie Clay
I think this is the time to take out a notebook, iPad, or clipboard with index cards labeled with names and wander around the room noting how children are practicing. I think a teacher who is wandering around gently guiding and noting what she sees, will gather much more child data than one who is doing guided reading groups or catching up on paperwork or waiting for formal assessment time.
At times I have felt like children learned without me. When others asked how my first graders were all reading at or above grade level, I would rack my brain and say, "I'm not sure. I didn't really teach them." I never felt like I was teaching the way I thought I was going to when I was in college. Rather I guided them and brought excellent materials and shared my love for books and reading. Then I watched them like a hawk. I knew what each child loved and how each struggled. I brought them other materials depending on what I saw. I think Marie Clay would have loved that.