Proficiency Goals

AKA Where should my students be at the end of the year?? There are lots of answers out there to this question. There’s the JCPS scale that tells us exactly how to turn proficiency levels into letter grades: There’s the North Carolina standards that have all sorts of excellent suggestions based on type of language…

Let’s Talk About Rubrics

Last week’s #langchat was all about standards based grading and much of the discussion centered around rubrics, the idea being that if you’re going to grade based on standards (be they ACTFL’s Can Dos or state or district level standards), then your rubric should reflect that. It has gotten me thinking, to say the least….

Assessing Interpersonal

This is an area of my IPA rethink that has been on my mind a lot lately. Here are some of the things I’ve tried, problems I’ve had, and questions I’ve pondered this year with the interpersonal aspect of an end-of-unit IPA: Should the kids talk with me or with each other? This has been a big…

IPAs, Take 2

One of the things I want to do before next year starts is take another look at the end-of-unit IPAs I created last summer. I definitely think that moving from textbook-based tests to IPAs was a good move for many reasons. First and foremost, I haven’t used the textbook this year, so those tests wouldn’t have made…

Piktochart for Writing (with samples!)

One of the things that I try to do with my students is expose them to new and interesting technology and websites. I’m also always looking for ways to make writing more interesting to the kids. I don’t know about your students, but mine just love PowerPoint. We don’t do a whole lot of up-in-front-of-class presenting, especially…