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Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

Classroom Assessment

Alana Pieper

Karla Garcia

Jaime Motz


Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

Topic Sentence:

As prospective teachers, we would like to learn how to create a balance between assessing ESL students formally and informally.


Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

Problem:

To find a balance between formal and informal assessment that will encourage students to work as a group, but also allow for individual growth in the American culture.


Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

Assessing Early Elementary ELL’s

*Observing and monitoring processes is most important at this stage

* writing skills are in the beginning stages,

so most language is oral

* processes may be assessed informally in

class – see how/when they function in L2


Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

  • Methods

  • Anecdotal records

  • Language-use checklists (L1 or L2?)

  • Portfolios


Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

  • Benefits of the Portfolio

  • *Allows teachers, parents, and students to monitor progress over spans of time

  • *Caters to individuals of varying abilities

  • *Integrates assessment into daily work

  • *Assesses a variety of skills


Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

  • A final word on early assessments

  • Reacting to assessment results is just as important as the actual assessment

  • Keep parents informed and involved so they can help their students achieve


Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

  • Assessing Older Elementary Students

  • A Few Things To Keep In Mind:

  • *Less consequences for Elementary/Middle School students

  • The younger they are, the more creative their minds are!

  • If reading, writing, and comprehension skills are not developed, it is impossible to formally assess them with a paper/pencil test


Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

  • Different Approaches Your Teachers Have Used:

  • *Repeat-After-Me

  • Group Projects

  • Flashcards

  • Games

  • No assessment

  • Daily Oral Language Sheets


Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

Five Keys to Quality Assessment

1.) What?

2.)Why?

3.) How?

4.)How much?

5.)How accurate?


Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

Assessing High School Students

Solutions for High school level:

*Assessment that will provide an accurate reflection of a student’s knowledge. As well, their progression needs to have clear guidelines and grading options for ESL students.


Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

  • Grading options and guidelines:

  • *Process and product are both essential when grading ESL students

  • Adapt tests if the content is too difficult

  • Teach students how to learn

  • Recognize student’s effort


Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

High School Informal Assessment

Six trait writing: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions


Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

Other Informal Assessments

Projects

Journals

Portfolios

Draft, published work

Vocabulary log/record

Log of books read

Work sample

Classroom test

Running records during oral reading

Anecdotal record

Checklist

Peer interaction

Oral presentation

Oral reading

Retelling

Conversations

Questioning

Dictation


Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

Solution:

The ultimate solution is being able to assess each student on a case by case by case basis. But because this will not always be possible for the teacher, it is absolutely vital that teachers create a wide variety of formal and informal assessments. As future teachers, we need to learn how to create assessment that will provide an accurate reflection of a student’s knowledge, as well as their progression. Using appropriate assessment methods for each grade level will help students succeed in the American school system and culture, as well as in both group and individual settings.


Classroom assessment alana pieper karla garcia jaime motz

Resources:

Tertell, Elizabeth A., Susan M. Klein, Janet L. Sewett.When Teachers Reflect: Journeys Toward Effective, Inclusive practice.LB1139.25.W54.1998.

Valdez-Pierce, Lorraine.Assessing English Language Learners. National Education Association.,2003

Scenarios for Standards-Based Assessment. Alexandria,VA: TESOL,2001.

“Why use portfolio assessment?” bb.unco.edu

http://edavenue.homestead.com/portfolio.html

http://www.learner.org/channel/workshops/makingmeaning/support/mmwd_7.pdf

http://www.mtnbrook.k12.al.us/mbe/readinit/Assessment/htm

http://www.bobschwab.com/esl_assessment_archive.htm

Jameson, Judith H. Enriching Content Classes for Secondary TESOL Students. NW, Washington.C. 1998

Jancola, Linda http://kent.k12.wa.us/staff/ljancola/6Trait/what.htm


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