I just had to stop in today and tell you about MY NEW BEST FRIEND in the classroom! I mean.... Super excited, kick up your heels, can't wait to get to work kind of friend!
I have been presenting for SDE (Staff Development for Educators) for 2-3 years now, but it wasn't until this past week while presenting in Tennessee that I was truly introduced to something AH-MAZING! DeeDee Wills from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten and I were talking for a while one evening and we got on the subject of using ESGI in our classroom.... something that I had heard of and even seen at conferences, but never really took the time to really dig deep into what they were offering! (until this week!)
As a kindergarten teacher myself, I'm pretty embarrassed and a whole lot of sad that I have not had this sooner! I'm constantly assessing my students, collecting data to better my instruction, holding conferences with parents, assessing again.... and the cycle continues (with tons of paperwork, binders, and other organizational methods!)
BUT..... this new friend of mine is here to save me HOURS of my precious time while still doing everything I just mentioned above!
Let's get straight to it.... Four simple letters..... E S G I
If you already use ESGI... then you know what I'm talking about! This life-saving tool and resource for teachers is completely changing how we utilize our time in the classroom when it comes to assessing our students, collecting data, communicating that data with parents, and maximizing our time for instruction!
I *JUST* set up my account this week and all I've done is put in my class list, and then Thanksgiving Break took over! I don't think I've ever been MORE excited to get back into the classroom after a week-long break until NOW!
Let's take a look:
Once you create your account, you will have an ESGI homepage, where you will see the tabs at the top, assessments in the center, your class list to the left, and so many GREAT options to your right!
Again, all I have done is enter in my students (which was SUPER easy!) Once my students begin to be assessed, their data will be showing in the center for each of the areas.
After you get your students listed into your page, then it's time to find the assessments you need!
You can search assessments that have already been created OR you can create your very own assessment! You can search by content, etc... on the left OR click on "Create a Test" on the right and get down to business!
Not sure if the pre-created assessments will be what you need? You can easily click on the assessment and preview it!
Now, most of your assessments will still be done One-on-One, but instead of hassling with papers and dis-organization.... there will be a place on the test that allows you to click if the student responds correctly, creating the data for you! I mean.... I'm not lying when I say this whole thing is
This part might be my favorite of the entire thing!!
After students have completed their assessment, I can create a letter for EACH student that will go home to their parents! I know....right?! AHHHH!
Not only can I show my parents their child's results, but it will show what was answered correctly, incorrectly, AND I can print flashcards for the parent to assist their child at home.
Now tell me.... this wouldn't make you excited to get back to work and use ESGI???
I am so stinkin' ready to get back and implement this!
Don't have ESGI????? DON'T WORRY!!!!
You can click on ESGI tab on the right side of my blog as you scroll down OR click on anything related to ESGI in this post!
The best part....
You can sign up for a FREE 60 day trial..... but I know you will want the WHOLE YEAR!!!
If you are a Pre-K Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, or 1st Grade Teacher..... don't waste another minute!!!!!!!
Use my code: WILD for a HUGE discount!!!!!
I'm telling y'all.... you do NOT want to teach another day without this resource right at your fingertips!!!!!
Let me know if you have any questions!!!!