I let a lot of time go by between our monthly (April?) TPRS meeting at Jitters and this note. We talked about assessments and finals, and everyone shared what was happening in their classes. It was a pleasure to see everyone!
I promised I would send out the rubric for my advanced class’s oral final. I’ve tweaked it some with my kids; we came up with a check-off sheet rather than a rubric. They have to have a certain number of very limited grammar points correct, and the rest just has to be understandable.
The conceit of the final is a ten-year class reunion. The kids have to bring at least two pictures for each topic area and cover all the different pieces on the rubric. They will tell other kids their stories while snacking on potluck items. I haven’t decided whether I’m really going to try to listen to every piece from every single kid, or whether I will let them carry around a second rubric for other students to mark off, while I mark at least the grammar and one topic area from each student. In the past, I’ve found it fairly easy to listen to two or three kids at once because they’re all talking in groups.
The seniors’ finals went well. They presented their ten-year speeches to the entire class. One student had forgotten to get any pictures, so he used a presentation some other students had made of cute animals and had to work his entire talk around those pictures. It was quite entertaining, and he was very successful, but his presentation served as a warning to those who might otherwise think they don’t need to plan.
I told the kids that they have to ask questions of their classmates and respond to what they hear with interest, but I’m not going to be able to grade that.
I will have them all write as part of the final: they’ll write up some of their own story and some of one of their classmates’ stories. They’ll have the same grammar requirements and they’ll need to cover at least two topic areas completely in the written piece.