The first two sections of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills focus on cooperation and visual performance. This sections needed a good amount of materials, which means a lot of organization! While we’re still getting the organization system down, we have found something that works pretty efficiently.
Everything is put into our ABLLS container (formerly a laundry basket) so we can easily move it around from location to location. Sometimes, space in the classroom is limited and you have to shuffle around quickly. Having everything you need in one location makes it very efficient!
Because we had three different people running ABLLS, we had each person place their ABLLS and note sheets for each of their students on their own clipboard. We also photocopied each section so it was easily available to everyone. All of this was kept in our container so we knew where everything was. An awesome tip is to make sure you keep the marker/colored pencil you on the clipboard (or at least in the container)! I cannot tell you how many times I had to hunt for a specific color marker.
The next most important thing was to divide everything into baggies, folders, boxes, etc. and label them according to the ABLLS task. This was especially helpful when many ABLLS tasks utilized the same materials. Look at the Ziploc below. Those materials were used for 4 different tasks.
When laminated folders were the materials for certain tasks, one really big time saver was having the matching components velcroed to the front of the folder. All the little laminated matching cards were placed in a baggie that was velcroed to the front. This prevented little cards from getting mixed up with other task cards.
Two of the ABLLS tasks in section B need the kids to complete a maze. We made it reusable by sticking the maze sheets in a clear cover. This way, the kids draw with an expo marker. It made it very easy to clean and reuse!
The most important thing for this whole process is to stick to an organization strategy that works for you! We hope these tips helped you get organized and ready for the ABLLS, or any other assessments you might be running!
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