Earlier this month, I posted EIGHT WAYS WE ARE “ACCELERATING LEARNING” FOR OUR ELL NEWCOMERS THIS YEAR.
However, I forgot to include a ninth way – a strategy that I began to use last year.
I give my ELL Newcomer students a sixteen-question test each Friday covering the content we covered during the preceding four days. As we review the correct answers, a peer tutor grades the test and shows each student their result before they leave that day.
Just learning those results are a good formative assessment exercise for everybody – I know how students are doing, who might need extra support or challenge, and if I need to provide additional instruction on a topic; and students learn what they know or what they need to do differently.
But it’s still a “one-off.” In other words, it’s just a snapshot of one particular week.
The real value comes in students – and me – seeing patterns.
Peer tutors enter each student’s results into a Google Sheet and, as the image above illustrates, their results over a period of time is visually displayed.
And, boy, can that display be powerful!
I briefly meet with students individually each month to show them their data display. Often, they will take a photo of it to show their guardians. For others, it’s an opportunity to discuss what they might be able to do differently.
It works very well.