November 1, 2016

Listening Assessment

So, in an effort to show what my students’ skills are, to have data to show to their parents at conferences next week, I have decided to do some assessments.  I learned from Claire Ensor, who is passionate about assessing students in a compassionate, success-oriented way, that curriculum, instruction, and assessment should align, according to the educational theorist John Biggs.  So therefore I wanted my assessment of listening to align with classroom practices and curriculum.

Basically, my curriculum is stories and images – either the stories we create together based on images as I learned fro Ben Slavic, or stories I tell the kids using Dr. Beniko Mason’s story listening approach.  So this listening assessment is for students to listen to a retelling of the story from yesterday and demonstrate (in English) their comprehension.

I took the students to the library where we can use tables.  Rhea and I retold the story from yesterday, with little extra-linguistic support, just reading as a storyteller would, with voice intonation.  We read at a somewhat normal pace, without drawing or writing on the board.

I believe that the students are listening at an Advanced Low to Advanced Mid level – after only one quarter.

From ACTFL:  At the Advanced Low sublevel, listeners are able to understand short conventional narrative and descriptive texts with a clear underlying structure though their comprehension may be uneven. The listener understands the main facts and some supporting details. Comprehension may often derive primarily from situational and subject-matter knowledge.

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About Lanny Ball

For more than 23 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy and reading consultant in Northwestern Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on Twitter @LannyBall, as well as his literacy blog: lannyball.com or lannyball.blog.

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