Hello All, to address assessments in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking an assortment of assessment variations could be implemented. Reading assessments may be observational or executed with a checklist, such as fluency, accuracy, and comprehension. Writing assessments may include a rubric, checklist, rating scales, and a written summary. Speaking and listening may include observational techniques as well as having the student perform a specified verbal task. The goal in any assessment is to accurately evaluate a students current performance level in the content area. It is imperative to weigh all variables and have an efficient assessment method in place. Assessments may need to be modified for the learner.
Hello Professor and Class,
Teachers can evaluate ELLs using the 4 domains of language: reading, writing, listening and speaking by having them read every day, practice writing, make lessons multimodal, and shorten lectures. These strategies can help ELL students strengthen their skills in all domains and improve in their academics including langauge. It is important to have the students be consistent in all areas. “With the right support and differentiation, ELLs will be successful in your general education or language arts classroom. As you read the following, keep in mind that these ELL strategies are good for engaging all students.” (Nesbitt, 2015, pg.1).
Nesbitt, J. (2015, September 09). 4 strategies to HELP ells in the MAINSTREAM Classroom. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/strategies-help-ells-mainstream-classroom-joylynn-nesbitt
There are many assessments to track a student’s academic and language process. Over the past few weeks, I was able to observe and participate in some of assessments used in a Kindergarten and 1st grade classroom. In Kindergarten, teachers test every month on recognizing letters of the alphabet and the sounds the letters make. This foundational assessment is important because it helps with phoneme blending and eventually reading fluency. For example, as the class reads grade level stories, each student is assigned to read one page. This is also a quick assessment to test where students are at in their reading and how they blend words to make sentences. Overall, students are challenged to also listen to their reading and try to make sense of it. This strategy also works with ELLs because it is very foundational to their reading and understanding, speaking and listening skills. In 1st grade, students are also reading grade level stories using the same strategy however, they are challenged with “how, what, why, when, and where” questions to check for understanding.
Hello All, there are so many great ways to include formative assessments that are useful and can easily measure student progress that teachers can record, track, and add onto. Journals and portfolio can easily show growth over time. Student-teacher conferences may be an outlet for a student striving to improve verbal skills. Collaboration using evidence-based conversations are great for students as well.
Drawing, fill in the blank, and recording student language with technology are helpful in formative assessing as well. Teachers should not forget to include some critical thinking inquiries to enhance skillsets. Something I have noticed that seems to work well, is a peer checker, or checklist. Students will feel empowered when they play an integral role in his or her peers learning journey.
Hello Professor and class,
How will I implement formative assessments to support the academic standards and ELL success is by including it in all my lessons. For example, when teaching a lesson, I plan to connect to students’ lived experiences within the content and build their skills by introducing new words and new concepts. I would observe and take anecdotal notes of students’ progress and make time to ask students what they have learned. Formative assessments may be implemented in different ways such as evaluating students as they learn. They help provide feedback to adjust constant instruction and close the gaps in learning, it involves both teacher and student, and involves self-and peer assessment. A Formative assessment is a valuable tool that helps students succeed in their education.
Montalvo-Balbed, M. (2012). Using Formative Assessment to Help English Language Learners. Retrieved from https://pdo.ascd.org/lmscourses/PD13OC002/media/ELL_CC_M4_Reading_Using_Formative01.pdf
In my future classroom, I will be using assessments to support the academic standards and ensure ELL success. Assessments are the key to guide instructional content. In particular, ELL students will need to be tracked and documented in order to show the progress they have made throughout the school year. While there are many assessments, I will be using the thumbs up/down and individual one on one literacy activities. Through these activities, I will be able to tell where I will need to target the instruction to get each ELL on track of moving forward. Another assessment would be to check for student understanding through exit tickets and work samples. I will ask questions and evaluate what the student has mastered, needs improvement, or simply not there yet in understanding content. From here again, I will use this as a guide to further strengthen and deepen instructional content with the student. These assessments will be documented and tracked to show academic progress.