Languages Classroom Techniques

I have been delving into the world of formative assessment and the work of Dylan Wiliam. While his name and ideas are not new to me and you, I have decided to use more of his recommended techniques in my French classroom, particularly with year 8. I found the Classroom Experiment videos to be very helpful in doing this. So, what have I tried?

no hands up

  • No hands up – everyone gets thinking time and anyone could be picked to answer a question.
  • Mini whiteboards (very successful) – everyone is the class has to show their understanding which then flows into how I continue the lesson.
  • Secret student – I am the only one who knows who is going to be responsible for the whole class’s behaviour and depending on how that student behaves, the whole class either get a Class Dojo point or not.

As a staff committee we are working through the key ideas from Wiliam, which will then shape our school conference next year. I want to try out some of the methods beforehand in order to really understand their impact on student learning. One of the best known techniques is no grades on student work, which I will be trialing with my Year 11 class soon.

What has worked in your classroom for formative assessment and student achievement?

 

 

 

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One thought on “Languages Classroom Techniques

  1. I’ve just starting following your blog and I have been intrigued by what I have seen so far. In the fall I will be starting a new textbook, rolling out a one-to-one program and trying my hand at flipping. (I know – a lot of new stuff!) Your comment stating you would not be putting grades on the homework made me pause; why are you doing that? What is the reasoning/research behind not awarding grades? How do you “grade” the work your students turn in?

    I look forward to your response. Merci.

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