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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 19. 76 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17. 14 Replies

Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue

Tags: 5, top

Use of L1 in the ESL classroom

Started by Evanthia Pogiatzi in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 10. 4 Replies

Hi people, i'm doing a research on whether is good for English language teachers to use the L1 of the students or the target language (English) when teaching in the classroom. So i would really…Continue

Tags: teaching, methodology, language, l1

Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 16. 80 Replies

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue

Tags: hodja, tao, zen, professional_development, storytelling




The #1 ..... (way to assess students)

Number One** Not your ordinary endless list - just what's number 1. Just the BEST.

The Rubric!

The rubric is a very transparent and accountable way to assess students. It is a grid where you clearly show students "what criteria they will be assessed by" and "what levels or indicators the teacher will look for". It communicates to students clear expectations on the part of the teacher. Here's a nice example of a rubric which the teacher adapted from the SOLOM - a standard speaking proficiency rubric. 

There are 2 main ways to use a rubric.

1. Make it with the students. Yes, have a conference and ask the students to list the things that they should do well in the task/activity/unit/language that they are practicing. List these as criteria. Then ask them what would make a "bad" effort and a "great" effort. Describe these. After, copy these down into a rubric (or have a student do this) and then put this up for all to see in the classroom. You might even do this in the students L1 if possible - the goal being to communicate expectations and not to "teach" language.

2. Teacher made. The teacher can make the rubric. Usually the teacher uses a premade rubric that they modify for their classroom. Rubistar is a popular site for finding these rubrics and making them online.

Here is a handy template that I've got a lot of mileage from. A nice way to make a rubric, alone or with students! For more on rubrics or more assessment ideas - see our assessment resources. Also this page too, has many links.

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