User:Kimberly McDonald


About me

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Hello, my name is Kimberly McDonald and I live in the Queens area. I am currently teaching Kindergarten and have around 3 years of teaching experience at various grade levels. I also work as a part-time English tutor. I received my undergraduate degree in Adolescent Education with a concentration in English in 2018 and I hope to finish the CDIT program by Summer 2022. Some of my favorite things to do are traveling and learning about new cultures.

My Topic/Purpose

The intent of this course is to show teachers how to use progress monitoring to determine appropriate response methods for their future lessons, activities and assessments. Progress monitoring, based on written observation gathered by the teacher, can aid in developing effective strategies that will assist students in academic success.

Topics to be covered:

  • What is progress monitoring?
  • How to create an effective progress monitoring sheet.
  • How to use progress monitoring sheets in the classroom.
  • How can teachers use progress monitoring sheets to determine lesson activities and evaluate curriculum.

Needs Assessment

Teachers are often told in professional development to get to know their students in order to better educate them. Strategies include observation, contact with home or simply talking with the student. Furthermore, through progress monitoring, teachers can get to know their students’ learning style and understand which instructional moves work best for students. Having a progress monitoring sheet can provide feedback and data which teachers can use to make predictions or adjust the curriculum and meet the needs of a particular group/student. While there are other strategies to track students’ academic performance, an effective progress monitoring sheet will follow not only data from assessments but also note how students were able to make such progress. A well designed progress monitoring sheet should leave room for teachers to document strategies, lesson format or modified materials used in the process. In a research article Roehrig et al. ( 2008) writes that progress monitoring or curriculum based measurement answers two questions: “ Is a particular student or group of students performing at an expected level given particular instructional conditions? And “Is that instruction strong enough for the student or group of students to make sufficient progress to achieve an expected goal at the end of an instructional period?”(pg. 365). The study in the article, with participants such as kindergarten teachers, first grade teachers, principals and coaches, shows support for the claim that progress monitoring is an effective strategy on student academic success. The researchers were able to find a positive correlation with the use of data to support individualized instruction (Roehrig et al., 2008, pg. 378). The principal from school B even noted that as teachers saw progress occur they became more confident in their capabilities and progress monitoring as an effective strategy (Roehrig et al., 2008, pg. 379).

Analysis of the Learner and Context


The audience for this course will consist of any educator who is seeking to utilize data of students’ academic performance to further plan instruction or modify materials.

What is to be learned:

Through this mini-course, teachers will learn to create an effective progress monitoring sheet that will optimize their data collection and subsequently students’ academic success. The course will provide examples and a template for progress monitoring sheets, as well as tips on how to use them throughout a particular instructional period.

Performance Objectives

-Students will be able to define progress monitoring accurately.

-Students will be able to create progress monitoring sheets that matches their cohort of students.

-Students will submit a proposal on how they will utilize their progress monitoring sheet in the classroom.

Task Analysis

The course will be analyzing the following main points. After working through the course, learners should be able to understand the necessity of data collection and how to create monitoring sheets.

  • What is progress monitoring?
  • How can I create an effective progress monitoring sheet that matches my goals?
  • How to effectively use progress monitoring sheets in the classroom.
  • How can I use progress monitoring sheets to determine lesson activities and evaluate curriculum?

Curriculum Map

Unit 1:

Introduction to what progress monitoring is and its effectiveness. Establishing the learner’s prior knowledge.

Lesson 1:

Discusses what progress monitoring is and looks like in the classroom.

Lesson 2:

Discusses the effectiveness of using progress monitoring sheets and establishes needs for creating one.

Unit 2:

Learning how to create effective  progress monitoring sheets

Lesson 1:

Discusses how to create effective progress monitoring sheets.

Unit 3:

Creating the progress monitoring sheet

Lesson 1:

Work to create progress monitoring sheet that matches their students’ needs and their goals for students

References and Resources

Roehrig, A. D., Duggar, S. W., Moats, L., Glover, M., & Mincey, B. (2008). When teachers work to use progress monitoring data to inform literacy instruction: Identifying potential supports and challenges. Remedial and Special Education, 29(6), 364-382.