Meaningful work is motivating! It gives us an incentive that extends beyond ourselves to try to accomplish things that we might otherwise believe are out of our reach."
World language teachers in Lexington School District One know Integrated Performance Assessments! We have lived, breathed and slept them for the past few years while our World Languages program transitioned to proficiency grading. Cherice Montgomery of Brigham Young University and our very own Dawn Samples wrote the introduction to the most recent issue of The Language Educator dedicated to Standards-Based Assessment, Evaluation and Grading. Their words are the perfect kick-off for this blog, "Voices From the Field," because they skillfully articulate one of our guiding values: Make language learning meaningful to students!
Montgomery and Samples challenge the national language community to assess our assessments in three areas: Meaning, motivation, and mentoring. The first few posts will feature the voices of LexOne teachers in those three areas, starting with meaning.
So, here is a mini-checklist for your performance-based assessments from the article:
From what I've seen so far, all of you are somewhere on the path to meaningful assessments and MANY of YOU have truly embraced this concept. The next few posts will be dedicated to showcasing some of the meaningful assessments I've seen or heard about so far in your classrooms, starting with Amanda Hajji's Business French class and Caroline Hayes' Spanish 3. Check out the virtual CV's their students have created, not only to showcase their language skills, but to help them become successful in business. Thank you LHS for challenging our students using meaningful assessments!
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World Language Teacher Support Specialist (and Language Enthusiast)