Design assessments that support student success - hacks for writing assessments

Develop assessments that support student success

The outcome of an assessment is never entirely dependent on student competency. There are a bazillion factors that influence student performance on an exam, and truly very few of them give us information about how well the student knows the material. With regard to assessment, it is our responsibility as teachers to limit the influence of those … Continue reading Develop assessments that support student success

Assess proficiency with word-level analysis questions

I enjoy coming up with (or discovering) different kinds of questions to ask my students. It must be some sort of a sick teacher thing, because I can’t think of any reason that my students would be excited that a new question type popped up on their most recent assessment. I guess I like finding … Continue reading Assess proficiency with word-level analysis questions

End-of-term assessments

I drafted this post before the holidays last year....I guess I got distracted by the Eight Nights of Hanukkah. Better late than never? Bookmark it to review a few months from now as you prep for finals! Along with the holidays come something else that all teachers and students anticipate...end-of-semester assessments!!! While midterms and finals are often viewed as burdensome and … Continue reading End-of-term assessments

How to grade class participation?

Here in Alaska, we just wrapped up an incredible conference. Bill VanPatten of MSU and Scott Benedict of Teach for June were our Keynote speakers, and they joined with World Language teachers from across the state to inspire and challenge my ideas on language teaching and acquisition. I tweeted like a maniac, so check out #afla15 … Continue reading How to grade class participation?

Assess and practice the interpersonal mode of communication with these quick activities

Interpersonal Speaking: Activities and assessments

So #langchat tonight was crazy. We celebrated "Throwback Thursday" by using the old "free-for-all" format in which a topic is given at the beginning, but the conversation is not moderated. #langchat has grown significantly, and while I prefer the free-for-all format to the moderator Q - participant A format, it was clear tonight that there … Continue reading Interpersonal Speaking: Activities and assessments

QAR en français!

Thanks to Samantha Uebel, who sent me French translations for my QAR materials, all of you French teachers out there can rest easy knowing that you can pop into class tomorrow and try out QAR without having to do the grunt work of translating everything for yourselves!! Yippee! Click here to download the materials in French, … Continue reading QAR en français!

QAR Strategies for Differentiating Questions

If you attended my workshop on QAR Strategies for Differentiating Questions at iFLT this past summer or its condensed counterpart at AFLA just a few weekends ago, you will be happy to see this post! If you didn't, I hope that you will be happy to have found it once you've read through it. QAR (Question-Answer Relationships) … Continue reading QAR Strategies for Differentiating Questions

Reading Activity or Reading Assessment?

In a Comprehensible Input classroom that uses Standards Based Assessment, we must format our question-based activities differently based on whether our goal is to provide further repetitions of the text and the structures that it contains (a 'reading activity') or to assess whether or not a student comprehended the text. If the goal is to provide … Continue reading Reading Activity or Reading Assessment?