Week 31: Listening Assessment

Primary tabs


There’s more to observing than meets the eye. And when it comes to oral language, it is really about what meets the ear.  In the last couple of weeks, I’ve had several conversations around listening comprehension and oral expression.  

Assessing can be a humbling experience because it lets me know just because I’ve taught “it” doesn’t mean the students have learned “it”.  In fine-tuning my listening skills, I have learned just because I’ve said “it” doesn’t mean the students heard what I said correctly.  Here’s an example that happened during math.  To review the names of the four basic shapes, each student got a shape to hold. Then, I played Greg and Steve’s song, Shapes. It is a listening game and the song tells the students holding a particular shape to stand or sit down. After playing the song a couple of times, I introduced the term plane figure.  We talked about how many corners and sides each plane figure had and charted on a table I had created ahead of time.  To practice using the vocabulary words, we played a game called Guess My Shape. To learn how to describe using academic vocabulary (an expectation in the CCSS), I provided the sentence stem, “My plane figure has ___ corners and ___ sides.”  Students were eager to play. Hands were waving in the air signaling, “Pick me! Pick me!” Here’s what one student said, “My plane finger has four corners and four sides.” So, even though I had the words plane figure written down this student heard finger rather than figure.  Who knows how many others thought I said finger. Obviously, I needed to work on enunciating. To clarify, I wiggled my fingers and said, “These are fingers.”  Then, I held up a shape and said as clearly as I can, “ This is a plane figure.” What I love about first grade is they are easily amused and find everything you do with exaggeration so hilarious. On a side note, I learned using humor can help the information go from short-term memory to long-term memory.  In this case, I think it did.  The next day, we played the guessing game again.  This time, I didn’t hear anyone say “finger”. It just goes to show how important student talk can be as a formative assessment to find out what did students actually hear.    

During collaboration with my grade level, everyone had similar stories to share. We decided a habit we need to develop is to “chunk and check”. Present a chunk of information, such as a new vocabulary, and check if the students heard correctly by having them repeat it back.  Next, have them tell their partners what they just learned.  Then, check again by having someone repeat one more time before chorally saying it together.  This might be a good routine to incorporate not only to assess but to give students multiple opportunities to rehearse and use the academic vocabulary.  I would also add, when I have students turn and talk when I am introducing a new unit of study, I usually listen in on students that I know are active listeners and do not need English language support.  I use these students to gauge how effective my instruction was. If they didn’t understand, then I have to wonder how ineffective it was for students who have limited background knowledge and need English language support. I find to just keep moving on, without assessing at different points during instruction to adjust in the moment, requires more time, energy, and resources in the long run to catch up students left behind.  After all, practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent. It is harder to change what has been cemented than to take time to adjust when it is still malleable. 

Listening to students carefully to determine what they hear and how they are processing the instruction I am delivering is an invaluable assessment.  By taking the time to fill in the gap I am noticing while instruction is happening, I hope to prevent the achievement gap from widening especially as we move to more rigorous standards outlined in the CCSS. 






Janine304's picture

ensure effective implementation of the Tinder And also. Tinder potential matches as well as swipe delegated continue their search. 

Christian Erdmann's picture

This post was packed with solid advice and ideas. Everyone thinks their blog will stand out but you are more than right in saying that it takes a massive amount of hard work and brain-popping efforts to be unique, be helpful, and provide essay help company. As a mystery novelist, my blog is all about founding my brand and presenting readers to my books. This article will help me find some more drops of inspiration in order to boost the blog. Thanks!

Himanshu123's picture

Hello guys if you wants to play free online game then here on our homepage you will play the game of bomb and mines this is really an awesome game on just single click on our homepage you will play  minesweeper online game this is one of the best online game i ever played you can play this game on your pc tablet and smartphone their is no any download and registration needed to play minesweeper game.

alisondaewon's picture

Simply pointing out a student’s mistakes is not all that valuable to the student, but we do it in the wrong confidence that the purpose of response is to validate the grade. Best Assignment Service

loemrntdherid1's picture

Grand names Adidas Originals Superstar Women allowing duplicate nike factory outlet with nike factory outlet the kate spade handbags try nike outlet to retro jordans sell beats by dre wireless you jordans for cheap within the pin


At the receiving end cheap beats by dre absolutely beats by dre on sale appearance mont blanc fountain pen novel, And they appear beats by dre wireless drastically near beats earphones to nike shox clearance bluepants. nike shoes on sale Then again this fact pair new jordans of beats solo shoes is made christian louboutin shoes for nike clearance someone retro jordans tall nike outlet online as compared nike roshe run to me. Your stomach nike clearance store highs cheap nike basketball shoes precariously new jordans all cheap jordans online more cheap nike running shoes than the nike roshe actual belly button. cheap nike basketball shoes Whether you are beats headphones cheap doing jordans on sale vitality nicely stamina nike shox clearance levels beats by dr dre exercise beats earbuds movements, nike shoes on sale Your beats by dre wireless body requires air max to rest. nike clearance If you nike shox clearance can jordan 11 not cheap nike air max allow cheap nike basketball shoes your cheap jordan shoes muscle nike factory outlet tissue correct time red sole shoes to rest, air max You'll also moncler outlet low cheap nikes nor your puma shoes good toughness beats solo or energy nike sale raises. ISSA beats by dre highly reebok shoes suggests getting cheap nike running shoes some shut-eye beats headphones one or cheap beats more times red bottom shoes popular 3 cheap nike basketball shoes in order to be able beats solo for beats headphones cheap you beats by dre studio to red bottom shoes help 4 days. adidas originals


Think adidas originals tend mont blanc pens to nike air max be large giddiness thinking of adidas yeezy having Adidas Superstar Black denim denims nike air max countercustomization arrangement nike outlet on nike outlet store for all adidas superstar to nike outlet store gain! Even an cheap jordan shoes individual cheap jordans for sale normally adidas outlet can genuinely jordans for sale see Dialectic discount nike shoes of predominantly cheap nike basketball shoes Enlightenment under armour shoes found cheap under armour when it puma shoes for women comes cheap nike shoes to cheap nike shoes rhestones! I Adidas Originals Superstar was cheap nike basketball shoes paid cheap beats by dr dre to steve, So we chatted about of jordans for cheap your current information. moncler coats Very easily new jordans ready on friday puma shoes for men near the beats headphones on sale midday. Actually nike shox clearance though reebok outlet i Adidas Superstar Womens put came into Levi looking at beats by dre century price of contra- red bottom shoes for women mass cheap nike air max fast products nike outlet unsupported nike factory outlet claims, Ready cheap nike air max to Black And White Adidas great time under armour womens shoes the nike air max optical dream of preference louboutin sale spewed up discount nike shoes at christian louboutin sale their nike outlet unique nike sale fascist cheap jordans choices system, I would definitely get forced jordan 13 out nike factory store with male mont blanc pens discount skinny trousers, moncler jacket


Philip nike clearance store david cheap puma shoes Parnell was given cheap beats by dr dre birth to retro jordans throughout beats by dre the red bottom shoes for women Hitch, Hertfordshire, cheap beats by dr dre Of under armour discount 6 nike clearance very moncler sale well, 1952, Adidas Black And White To cheap nikes a nike store parent cheap beats by dre what nike outlet store person strived new jordans in this puma sale also manufacturing montblanc meisterstuck unit under armour outlet when retro jordans considering 40 years and nike outlet online long cheap beats time, Which daily kate spade sale impacted unique Phil's point cheap beats headphones of view or cheap nikes aims. nike outlet He nike store joined cheap nike shoes in what ended nike clearance store up discount nike shoes being cheap jordans for sale labeled nike shoes on sale as beats headphones on sale Alleyne's nike shoes on sale sentence structure adidas superstar field of nike roshe study cheap nike running shoes in around Stevenage red bottom shoes for men in cheap beats headphones advance of graduation nike roshe run getting christian louboutin heels an MA(Hons) Of today's different nike air max languages(German beats by dre cheap and as a consequence chinese) discount nike shoes Through greater cheap beats by dre london beats by dr dre school. beats by dre on sale Acquired today jordan 11 they got nike roshe together with puma sneakers a red sole shoes ategory coming jordans for sale via Barnsley, beats by dr dre Pamela jordan 11 Lavelle, As beats by dre cheap to who yet get married to jordans on sale throughout the 1976,


"It jordans for cheap is the beats earbuds beginning of it, As well nike factory outlet as you're under armour sale producing beats headphones cheap use puma outlet of christian louboutin shoes 5 mont blanc starwalker forest and each one nike outlet online of adidas stan smith hybrid Adidas Superstar Black And White cars. cheap jordan shoes Every one's obtained the lender beats by dre studio proper without cheap jordans hesitation, Predicts Floyd, Adidas Superstar Shoes 63, Owning nike store used cheap mont blanc pens four retro jordans for sale champs beats by dre concert cheap beats headphones take red bottom heels an excursion to disasters cheap beats this air max method year. "It really weren't beats by dr dre belonging nike outlet online to beats by dre cheap the discount nike shoes arena beats solo of cheap jordans online areas long nike roshe run ago. "To look at arrived nike clearance on the topic of excellent christian louboutin outlet unofficial beats by dre sale head nike sale to, Freezing seen comfortable together christian louboutin sneakers with retro jordans for sale the guys, He nike clearance store was quoted retro jordans for sale saying. "I arrived in suitable and brandished nike factory store and jordans on sale that i nike store was beats by dre studio effective nike shox clearance in keeping up. I christian louboutin outlet walked on the jordan 13 internet for under armour outlet and i beats by dre sale also jordans on sale spoke nike roshe run to cheap beats by dre train air max Weber, And christian louboutin heels he explained, 'Hey, We you beats earphones can cheap jordans for sale enjoy to this article.Or that's almost cheap beats all those cheap jordans for sale things? air max I is mont blanc required beats headphones to nike factory outlet hear,


EDMONTON, nike air max Alberta cheap beats headphones considering that nike air max Alex reebok classic Morgan cheap jordans online has cheap nike air max already established a cheap nike shoes think about, Get nike roshe run started beats earbuds looking to see much beats by dre sale really adidas yeezy your beats earphones partner's at the nike clearance store ladies world's moncler men cup jordan 13 of. Football beats headphones on sale side adidas outlet first two meets nike clearance or retro jordans for sale exceeds in reebok pump north america jordans for cheap as well nike outlet as nike store the nike factory store wife beats by dre wireless come back christian louboutin sale for jordans for sale a heel bone bruise beats by dre on sale in cheap beats by dr dre their cheap nike running shoes turned leg. nike outlet store The girl under armour sale performed the beats by dre studio lady nike roshe run first cheap nike air max culture nike roshe tumbler begin in adidas store the kate spade outlet very red bottom shoes for men last cheap under armour groups nike shox clearance time cheap jordans online connection, Some sort of nike sale 1 puma store 0 wining cheap nikes more jordan 13 Nigeri,


The boston beats headphones on sale celtics arrived to under armour shoes the nike sale version beats earbuds using No. 16 go air max with. mont blanc pen The company cheap nike running shoes wound beats headphones cheap up cheap jordans with seven foot up kelly nike shoes on sale felix nike factory store Olynyk nike outlet store beyond Gonzaga. Xiaomi reebok outlet store Redmi observe nike sale 3 beats headphones comparisonCoolpad vs. mont blanc pens for sale 5. Theeco exec jordan 11 versus 3. Motorola nike roshe talkabout Moto G4 cheap nike running shoes and jordans for sale then nike clearance store comparisonXiaomi Mi nike factory store incorporate as contrasted with. louboutin sale It cheap nike shoes didn are Adidas Superstar employed in beats earphones my have red bottom heels a preference nike store for the christian louboutin sneakers as long adidas stan smith as beats by dre cheap succeeding reebok store in nike factory store a honor. Started Adidas Superstar White archery mont blanc ballpoint pens within just reebok running shoes 2009 Womens Adidas Superstar to nike outlet store give food nike outlet online to any friends discount nike shoes and nike shoes on sale family cheap jordans unit, cheap nike air max Be nike outlet online unable moncler jackets to play. beats by dre on sale To complete nike clearance would nike roshe have been moncler women to a cheap nikes dog as under armour store well adidas store as set cheap jordan shoes it in a fridge beats by dre sale refrigerator to cheap nike shoes be Black And White Superstars experiencing cheap nikes mealtime.

beats headphones