An update on text structures and how I assessed my students
My students finished learning about text structures last week. While I met with them and assessed their understanding throughout the unit, I came across this GREAT post at Teaching With a Mountain View. In her blog, she used the strategy as a brainstorming activity, while I used it as an assessment. It was great and it gave me a very clear picture of my students’ understanding.
Just as she explains it in her blog, I demonstrated what I meant using ‘Friendship’ as my topic. Together as a class we brainstormed different ideas/discussed as I wrote them down on the chart.
|The chart as we talked (this is the one I used to model)|
|The chart as we moved along each one of the structures. Again, I modeled what the activity was
before my students went to their tables and worked with their groups.
Once modeling was over and partners told one another what the task was (once again!), I dismissed them and watched as they worked together. Each member in the group had a particular COLOR marker so I could clearly identify who wrote what (no free riders here!).
So…I moved and moved and moved as my students worked. I took pictures (as you can see) and notes. I wanted to have a good idea of what they knew and made note of those who will need more one-on-one or small group work with me.
How do you assess your students? I thought this was more practical and hands-on than creating a test. Thank you again to Teaching With a Mountain View for the idea.