“Learning is what you
do for Friday’s
quiz and then you forget by Tuesday.” (Rosie,
“Acquisition is when
you soak stuff up like a sponge and it sticks with you.” (Tom,
(Provided by Pablo Muirhead, Spanish Teacher,Shorewood
(WI) Intermediate School)
What should our
"testing" look like today? In
designing assessment, teachers need to focus on what students
will be expected to do as a result of the unit of instruction.
This is a focus far beyond a list of what is to be covered; it
is justifying what will be taught on the basis of what is necessary
to achieve the end goal of the instruction. This changes the
interplay between assessment and instruction... Designing with
the end goal in mind requires that the teacher identify up front
what the unit assessment will be, designing an application of
the knowledge gained and the skills practiced during the unit.
Students should be clear on the hallmarks of a quality performance.
Using standards as a mindset, backwards buildup requires us to
first develop an appropriate performance assessment which guides
Activities and lessons provide the scaffolding students
need in order to perform successfully upon the completion of
Please read pp. 14-15 & 23-29 in Planning
Curriculum for Learning World Languages guide. You may
also chose to review the information on levels located on pp.
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