After 10 years in the classroom, I was SO tired of never being able to find my progress monitoring materials when I needed them. I either lost my timer, my book, their stickers, or got everything ready and didn’t have a pencil on hand! I knew I had to find a better way to manage these materials! This year I came up with a solution to my problem.
I now keep everything together in a book bin that I picked up from Target. You can find similarly sized bins at Lakeshore and even the dollar store (shoe bins). You can print out the label in a reduced size if you need it smaller. Life has been so much easier thanks to my new system. I keep it right by my desk so it is ready to go the moment I need it.
Do you need materials to progress monitor? I use DIBELS materials and you can pick up copies for free from the website. You need to create an account with them and you will be able to download the newest materials. If you don't mind using older materials, you can download the 6th edition without creating an account. Copy and paste the link below into your browser to pick up a copy of materials.
It's up to your site. If your school doesn't require it, I suggest a minimum of once or twice per month. I try to do it every other week. I split my class list in half. I test the first half one week and the second half the following week.
I reserve up to half an hour so that we have time to talk about each student's goal, how they are progressing, or what is happening if they are not meeting their goals consistently.
I like to test during center time. It's very difficult to do it while the class is super quiet because the timer keeps going off and that distracts the class from activities like writing or math. Center time is perfect.
I chose not to because I want them to work towards their goals in order to get that incentive.
If you have any questions, please ask prior to purchasing :-)