|My student facilitating a math problem solving strategy. He is discussing his thinking process and explaining several ways to solve the problem.|
- The coordination of speech and action facilitates language learning.
- Grammar is taught inductively.
- Meaning is more important than form.
- Speaking is delayed until comprehension skills are established.
- Effective language learning takes place in low stress environment.
- The role of the teacher is central. S/he chooses the appropriate commands to introduce vocabulary and structure.
- The learner is a listener and a performer responding to commands individually or collectively.
- Learning is maximized in a stress free environment.
- Command drills
- Role-plays on everyday situations (at the restaurant, at the movies …)
- Slide presentations to provide a visual center for teacher’s narration, which is followed by commands or questions
- Reading and writing can also be introduced to further consolidate grammar and vocabulary and as follow ups
Practice tests for English language arts and mathematics can be found at the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium website.
MARS (Mathematics Assessment Resource Service) is a project of UC Berkeley, Michigan State, and the Shell Centre in Nottingham England. The tasks and their associated rubrics provide a platform for professional development in schools transitioning to the Common Core Standards. The tasks can be used to promote discussion about student work and provide real performance data.
Some California school districts are adopting specific data tools to implement formative assessment relative to the Common Core State Standards. Two companies providing these tools are Illuminate Education and Intel-Assess. Districts are using resources from these companies to guide formative assessment and their work in professional learning communities.