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Listening & Speaking: Formative Assessment

Lesson Objective: Formatively assess speaking and listening skills
All Grades / All Subjects / ELL
4 MIN

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How does Ms. Horwitz's use of the checklist help students focus on their speaking and listening goals?
  2. How does Ms. Horwitz use the data from the checklist?
  3. How could you adapt this checklist for use in your own classroom?

27 Comments

  • Private message to Brenda Batts

The fact that the teacher used the checklist as documentation resource proved to be a very effective tool to evaluate the listening and speaking skills of scholars.  She also acknowledged students who were applying the skills.

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  • Private message to Karie Taylor

letting students know exactly what you are looking for / modleing/havng sentence stems to help talk about thier idea or just agree with anther students idea and restate it are powerful tools. I notied she definatley had done some training in discussion sentence starters and response starters to enhance confidence in stating ideas and questions.

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  • Private message to Asela Guillén

Mr. Horwitz sits them to check how they participate. She uses a check list to assess their students. She ensures that all of them participate, if they keep eye contact, who shows the skills she expects from them (bring a claim, offer evidence, a question, clarifying or elaborative). Then she thinks how to make the other students to step forward. She invites them to participate.

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  • Private message to Avery Baird

The method of allowing students to state their idea and answer questions is a great way to grow in communication. This teacher is also taking the initiative to understand each student's abilities in a relaxed setting of peers. Observing students and their participation is a way to ask them more questions and open up to the class so that they are not as hesitant in the future. I really liked that the teacher took note of language skills and other factors because each student is different and being aware of that will help the teacher understand how that student learns.

 

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  • Private message to Aidanelly Ortiz

Way to go Ms. Horwitz! The checklist is an amazing tool to evaluate the listening and speaking skills of the students because while they are having their academic talks the teacher can assess and make sure that everybody participates. Using the checklist she can monitor who is using eye contact to bring a new claim, support comments with evidence or even ask questions regarding the concepts. It also helps her see which are the students that hide and don't want to participate in order for her to encourage them to participate. I loved this strategy and I will definitely use it in class. It is an excellent strategy that could be use when students are working with the standard of providing details and supporting them with evidence or when students are looking for the theme of a passage because after stating their theme others can support it with evidence or providing different opinions which will promote an academic conversation in which they will use the listening and speaking standards to prove their points.

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1025 81st Avenue
Oakland CA 94621
Population: 286

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