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The plain ol’ resume just doesn’t cut it anymore. Nor does the transcript. And nor — please take note here, few remaining fans of standardized testing — do most of our federally-mandated practices of assessment. It’s hard to know what skills students (as students and as potential employees) really possess by looking at these papers, grades, and scores.

Summer Reading: Modern Languages inside the black box, Jane Jones and Dylan Wiliam

Although dating back to 2008, this little booklet published
GL Assessment and widely available online, is still key reading material for
anybody looking at sharpening their Assessment for Learning (AFL) practice in
the modern languages classroom. Some points may have been made some time ago,
but the reason why they were made may have been forgotten as specific aspects
of good practice were

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Design your own final exam

photo by Lawrence Berekely National LaboratoryThis year as I contemplated my final exam for Spanish 3, I didn't want to do what they did last year, because I like the PhotoPeach reflection much better as a relaxing ending to AP Spanish. Since mMy most popular blog post ever is about student choice in homework, I thought, why not the final exam too?My students are all interested in different

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4EyesOnMe: Making Student Assessment Data Understandable for Families

Letter grades actually tell you very little about how well a student is doing in class. Nevertheless, most of us have a general understanding of what the traditional grading scale means: A for Excellent, B for Above Average, C for Average, D for Below Average, F for Fail.

Spanish 3 assessment documents

Sometimes I feel like I'm reinventing myself every year. Do you ever look back on something you did and think, "Why on earth did I do it that way? What a bad idea! Here we go again." I feel like I do that every year! So even though I completely redesigned my Spanish 3 class last year, this past summer I attended a week-long workshop on using proficiency-based assessments, and here I am again,

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Got the rubric!

After making my first new assessment description, I've finished the performance assessment rubric. It took a long time to make but hopefully it will be adopted for every assessment from 6-12 grades at my school. Again, I stole most of it from the great people at @JCPSWorldLang (with a special shout-out to @tmsaue1 for all the sharing they do over there). They got it all on one page, but I

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New year, new units, new assessments

At last I've turned to working on my own classes (after looking at Spanish 1 all summer for our new teacher) and I'm (once again) re-doing my Spanish 3 units. This year I'm trying to make them more realistic. I've been heavily influenced on this by a particular #langchat last year on making assessments authentic. My assessments were fun, and used a lot of language, but didn't have a whole lot

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Dismantling Myths 2 and 3: Learning about language and its cousin, Grammatical Terms

If you don't know what I'm talking about when I say this post is about dismantling myths, go back and read this post.Photo by T. HartMyths 2 & 3:2. Learning about language is enough (Or, "I don't have to speak the TL in the classroom").and its cousin3. Grammatical terms are actually helpful in language acquisition (or, "How will they know what it is if I don't call it subjunctive by reason of

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