There’s talk on Ben’s blog about reporting assessments (otherwise known as grading). I think I’m gaining understanding, and want to put down some notes in order to be ready for next year. In our system, if we change anything online about our grades once a year-long class is started, it changes the grades for the entire year. I can’t do that. Last year, I dropped my structure and vocabulary categories for second semester, and that dropped all the grades in those categories for first semester as well. Darn Zangle!!
So. In a nutshell, here’s what I understand, and if you understand differently, please help out! The ACTFL guidelines give us three areas of competency: Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational.
Presentational includes speaking and writing.
Interpretive includes listening and reading.
Interpersonal actually is how you respond to others. I think that this could include whether you’re taking note of cultural norms–both “Big C” and “Little C.” It would also include to what extent and on what topics you could communicate. But Ben’s blog has also included some really interesting stuff on being able to grade how students respond in class. Here’s an outline one could use for a rubric there, thanks to Robert Harrell:
I let the teacher know when I don’t understand something by signaling.
I use body language to show engagement in class communication.
I respond appropriately to the teacher’s statements and questions (for example, with “oooh,” or “?? ??!”)
I suggest appropriate details to add to the story or class discussion.
I use Target Language to communicate. (English comments are not Target Language)
I follow conversation conventions (that is, I listen to others, don’t blurt out or interrupt).
I’m turning these over in my head–it is clear to me that these are behaviors that influence how class will go as well as how well students can participate in communication with others in any language. I’m not sure that they’re what ACTFL meant about interpersonal communication, so I’m still thinking about them. But I do like the idea of handing out a little rubric for kids to mark where they are on it from time to time.