When teaching teenagers on short summer courses -primarily communicative- of 1-2 weeks- how do you let the students know they are making progress without giving a progress test or one to one tutorials due to time constaints?
31 October, 2016 at 15:38
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I’ve taught short term writing classes in the past and I am currently working in the classroom assisting an ELL course for secondary students. I have found that there are a variety of fun and inconspicuous ways to assess a student’s success level in the classroom even if that classroom is just a temporary place! Success can be measured in one sitting if necessary.
A few things I have found helpful are what I refer to as ‘temperature checks’. As the students are just coming into the space (or just leaving) they can respond to a quick ‘temp check’ that the teacher provides for them. For example, a question could be posed on the board and the students can respond with a small phrase, a word, or even just a picture. The question could be a simple “How are you feeling today?” or “What are your plans for break?” or something more specific like “Write a number from 1-10 indicating how comfortable you felt with the information in our last class”. The students don’t have to put their names which can be helpful in communicating with shy students. The teacher can then take a few minutes at the start of class to see how positive or negative the responses seem. If they are mostly negative, perhaps more time is needed on that topic.
Another good way is to have the students keep journals in the classroom. A short activity every day that has to do with the lesson could indicate how well the student is doing without taking the time out of class to meet with them. Just peek at their journals outside of class. If a student is particularly struggling, try assigning them a focus content area (FCA) so they are able to focus on just one with. If the class is asked to read an article and write five facts about it, perhaps their FCA is only grammar. The content of their work then doesn’t matter as much, but they must work on having their grammar perfect. If some students are more advanced then others and they finish before the class, quietly ask them to write a few more lines or do an additional assignment to challenge them while others are working.
These are just some things that have worked for me. Good luck!