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Artifact Reflection

Child Study (Pre-Student Teaching)

Fall 2013

Artifact Description:
This artifact is my Child Study, (assessments, plans, and professional
report), from my pre-student teaching placement at Westview Elementary
School. I had worked with a second grade student to help improve her
reading skills. I was able to work with her for about 14 weeks using the
Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI).
Wisconsin Teacher Licensure Standard Alignment:
This experience best aligns with Wisconsin Teacher Standard 8 Assessment.
The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment
strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and
physical development of the learner.
My experience aligns with standard eight because I had to learn how to use
formal and informal assessments to assess my LLI reading group. The
student I had chosen for my child study was also part of my LLI reading
group so I was also able to assess her other three classmates.

As a result of this experience, I have learned that ongoing assessments are
essential to the instructional process, and I recognize that its used to
monitor and promote student learning. Statistics help to figure out where a
student is at in a certain subject. It also helps us to figure out whether or
not interventions are helping or arent helping students. The more data we
have on a student, the better off we are to being able to help the student
succeed. For my LLI reading group, I would assess a student every other day
so each student was assessed at least once a week.
UW-Platteville Knowledge, Skill, and Disposition Statement Alignment:
This experience best aligns with KSD4.b. Maintains Accurate Records The
candidate values, understands, and can maintain accurate records and
assessment data including a system for student completion of assignments,
information concerning student progress, and a system for non-
instructional activities with all record systems reflecting student
contributions to their establishment and maintenance. Before starting in
my placement, I was trained to use the LLI program. If I was ever confused, I
was able to ask questions and go to the schools reading specialist for any
help. She was a good resource to go to and was also able to help chart my
data into the computer.
As a result of this experience, I know assessing students is another
important component to teaching. It is part of a cycle Assessment,
Intervention, Teach and repeat. Assessment is not going to go away; its
going to become much more involved in education than ever before. Being
familiar with assessing and working with data, will help me become a better
educator and assessor.
Secondary Alignment(s): KSD1.F. Assessing Student Learning
KSD3.d. Provides Feedback to Students
Personal Reflection:
What I learned about teaching and learning
Ive learned that teachers must have more than one assessment piece to
accurately assess their students. The more data I have on students, the
more I will be able to make educated predictions or to prove if an
intervention is working or is not working. I want to be able to use all the
resources I can to help my students improve their learning.
What I learned about myself as a prospective educator
As a result of this experience, Ive learned that besides the assessments
helping me help the students, it can also help the students themselves. If
students can see a pattern in something they do not understand, they will
be able to go back to the assessments to see how and what they did wrong.
Students will then be able to correct their mistakes once they find the
problem to the solution.