1-on-1 Back to School {LINKY}

The first of August finds me a week into my school year already!  Hard to believe I get gets on Monday...YIKES!

And as if that's not crazy enough for me, I'm participating in 2 different events this weekend plus one more back to school event next week!  #backtoschool season is wearing. me. out.  But so much fun!  Check them out!

First, I'm starting a brand new linky for back-to-school season...

Join me and my blogging buddies on the first of the month to find all of those great #DollarDeals all in one place!  $1 deals on the 1st of each month!  And since there is no minimum purchase on TPT anymore, you are free to grab those deals NOW and not have to wait!

In honor of #BTS season, my first dollar deal is Setting Reading Goals and Self-Assessing!

Remember when you just tested little Jane on her reading level and when you were finished you just said, "Ok, thanks, sweetheart, you can go back now!"....and inside you were cringing because she had barely missed the mark and she was skipping along as clueless as could be???  Okay, okay...maybe you didn't ever do this.

But I did.

And then I decided that the kids needed to be able to celebrate the successes with me...and we needed to talk about their weaknesses together!

So, that's how this little guy came about.  My kids keep their reading level thermometer in their reading folders.  That's what they bring back to me each time we test.  I literally take a minute extra after I test to have them color in their new reading level, let them know if they are on track, behind or above, and set goals for the next quarter.

I have a thermometer for Kinder, 1st and 2nd grades that correlate with DRA and with the Guided Reading Levels so you should be able to find what you need whether it's numbers or letters!

I love this self-assessment because it gives ownership to the kiddos.  I have been having my kids set reading goals and monitor their progress for several years now and it is really one of the most powerful things I've ever done.

The kids *love* knowing their level.  Just the act of knowing their level and where they should be is motivation for them to grow at this age.  It's so simple that I can't believe I missed that my first few years of teaching.

Of course, I have been using this since before the LochTESS monster came around... :) but it is *fantastic* evidence for that distinguished category since kids are self-assessing and taking charge of their learning and record keeping.

This dollar deal is a small part of my complete guided reading packet which you can check out HERE.  Tons of resources and more to come in this packet!  You can read my blog posts on Guided Reading to catch up on how I organize my space for Guided Reading and the nuts and bolts of it all.

Oh, yeah...and I'll be giving one of the guided reading packets away with our Big Heartland Blogger Back-To-School Give Away!  Enter below and be sure to check out all of my other blogger friends and enter their give aways too!

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And on Monday, I'll be linking up with #TeacherMom for another back to school linky.

Do you have a back-to-school dollar deal to share?  Link up with me so we can all have our dollar deals in one place!  And change your product name to say "1on1DollarDeal" at the front of your product to make it easier to search on TPT!


  1. I love the thermometer idea! What a simple, yet effective way to communicate with and motivate young kiddos. Thanks for hosting this linky! I'm excited to see what everyone's been working on!

  2. I totally agree with you on this! Kids need to know where they are at and where their goal is. They will end up working hard in the long run :) Great products, Whitney!

  3. Thanks for hosting this fun link! I am having a great time hopping through!

  4. I love your thermometer, Whitney! It is so important to have students know exactly where they are in relation to their goals and the standards. Have a great Back to School season!
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