New Year Check-In: Let's evaluate our progress!


As a classroom teacher, returning from holiday break was always bittersweet.  On one hand, I knew the pressure for “test prep” would be more intense, but on the other hand, the satisfaction of witnessing my students grow into wiser beings put a validating smile on my face.

It was a common practice of mine to re-assign the Shurley English Pretest the day my students returned to class from their holiday break.  The Teacher’s Manual did not tell me to do this; I simply felt it was an important way to remind my students how much they’d already learned in four short months and hopefully use it as a tool for motivating them at the start of the New Year.   Re-assigning the Pretest was also a way for me to check-in with each student’s retention and progress.  In addition, I would ask them to write a basic three-point paragraph (or three-paragraph essay depending on the grade level) about their holiday break to monitor how they were transferring their new knowledge into writing.  It was also important for me to have my students share their holiday in review with their classmates as well.   This practice proved to be a positive and productive way to ease my students and myself back into the teaching/learning mode of Shurley English.  As a side note, if you were the lucky teacher to have gained a new student in your classroom, this could be a non-threatening way to introduce Shurley English to your new learner.  Here are some possible writing topics:

*The best/worst vacation ever

*My most memorable holiday moment

*The coolest gift I gave/received

*My wildly weird family

BEST of LUCK to you and your students throughout the NEW YEAR!

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Kimberly Crady

Kimberly Crady is an adventurous woman with an immense love for life, learning, and teaching. After teaching in upper elementary classrooms for nearly 10 years, she joined the Shurley Team in 2005.  Kimberly has had the unique experience of teaching Shurley English lessons in all levels, Kindergarten-8th grade and training teachers across the United States.  Kimberly is a National Consultant and SEDA Teacher for Shurley Instructional Materials.


Kimberly’s passion for helping people and living a healthy lifestyle has led her to continue her education in the area of Health and Wellness.  She enjoys numerous outdoor activities from hiking and snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains to paddle boarding in the ocean; although, these days you can find her practicing hot yoga in a Bikram Yoga studio. She also enjoys traveling abroad, live music, reading, and spending time with her favorite mutt, Lu.  Kimberly’s experience as a Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Teen Life Coach helps support her firm belief in teaching the whole person, especially in the classroom.