I’m watching Scott’s fabulous webinars. He has a sale on them at teachforjune.com — so I ordered six in two bundles that I now have for a month. As I watch the one on games, I’m getting lots of ideas. I like Scott’s twist on Around the World, having to do with standing up when you get a wrong answer and staying up until your turn comes around again and then having to answer three questions in a row. I am very random about teaching numbers, and Scott has a cute piggy game handout that comes with his webinar to practice numbers–a great choice for my kids who think they don’t know them even when they do.
A question I had for Scott after watching the first of three on assessment was how to set up vocabulary tests in mixed-level classes without having to create more than one test. I know that sounds lazy, but it was a huge relief to use TPRS and be able to have only one lesson plan for several levels. I don’t want to go back to my old style of having to write different tests (not to mention lessons!) for each group. It’s less difficult to set up questions that differentiate for one reading, but I use the same vocabulary for the entire class by using HF structures, and upping the ante by making the structures containing that vocabulary as complex as the most advanced kids in the class need them to be. So far, that seems to work for teaching, but I’m a bit stymied when it comes to creating one-size-fits-all vocabulary tests for a class with four or five levels in it. I have not given too many of the Scott-type vocabulary tests, with the mixed-in enrichment or new-form vocabulary, for that reason.
Any ideas out there? Or should I bite the bullet and make four different tests? (I have levels 2-5, plus IB and AP kids in the same room. I generally lump the IB/AP kids into one set for oral/written assessments and the 4-5 group together as well.)
I’m meeting with a group of teachers today, supposedly to answer some TPRS questions, but they’re all smart and experienced. I’ll let you know their suggestions on this conundrum.