I try very hard to not take grading home. Firstly, I have 6 animals and they do not appreciate paperwork in the way I think my students would like. Secondly, I have a few chronic conditions that can make completing work difficult. So, I have to be careful with my time. I try to take grades whenever I can. This benefits everyone:
- grades get updated regularly.
- students who may not perform well all the time get may opportunities to reassess.
- students' grades reflects real levels of proficiency repeatedly through the year.
- I get grades updated before the end of the school day and can go home a little lighter.
So.... here are 10 ways you can quickly and easily input grades during class or informally:
- During a running dictation (or scrambled eggs or QR code dictation), include some commands. Watch your students and, as they complete those commands, you can give a grade for what they do. This could cover listening, speaking, writing, comprehension.
- During a running dictation (etc.) listen for who is speaking in Latin, reading the sentences out loud. You can easily give them a grade for reading or speaking.
- Students who ask questions in the target language can receive a grade for interpersonal interactions, speaking, gesturing, etc.
- Students who use appropriate rejoinders in class can receive grades for interpersonal interactions, speaking, listening, comprehending, etc.
- Students who complete a brain break that is in the target language might receive a grade for listening and comprehending.
- Students who complete jobs in class using the target language can receive grades for interpersonal interactions, presentational interactions, speaking, listening, comprehending, etc.
- Use group work and class discussion specifically to listen for your students who may not present well on paper and vice versa. Fill in grades as you can.
- Turn student work into a listening assessment. You can use student images or monsters created and use them to create descriptions in the target language. Students draw the image they hear and then you can project and discuss. This can be a listening, comprehending, TPR, discussion, etc grade.
- If you have a great convo with a kid in the hall or outside of class in the target language, give them a grade for it! They've earned it!
- A student who shows understanding non-verbally whether through action, picture, or writing should receive a grade for their ability to understand. It isn't output, but it is skill. Give them that grade as you can. Use that skill to build up their confidence! Applaud them!
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