This page contains agendas for Dr. Montgomery's Span 676/SLaT 604 course from Fall 2017.

12-12-17:


Emily's Project
The password is Frenchimmersion - eovervliet eovervliet

***I was wondering if tomorrow in class we could create a rubric together? I feel like we have read a lot about them but I don't think I'll actually internalize it from only reading. - guest (24.11.9.4) guest (24.11.9.4)


12-7-17: Adapting Testing for Students with Special Needs



12-5-17: Test Construction


11-30-17: IPAs and Student-Led OPIs



11-28-17: Assessing, Examining, & Interpreting Student Work



11-23:17: Thanksgiving


No Class


11-21-17: Friday Instruction


No class


11-16-17: ACTFL

Independent Project Work Time

11-14-17: ACTFL


Independent Project Work Time

11-9-17: Teacher Evaluation


11-7:17: Formative Assessment



11-2-17: Assessing Reading

(Group 3 facilitates)

10-31-17: Assessing Culture

(Group 4 facilitates)

10-26-17: Assessment as a Linguistic Issue

(Guest Speakers: Troy Martin & Michael Wilcox)

Today's Topic: Assessment as a Linguistic Issue

Today's Objectives:

  • Students will distinguish between proficiency and performance.
  • Students will explain similarities and differences of common standardized assessments in world language education.

Today's Guiding Questions:

1) What is the difference between proficiency and performance?
2) What are some of the similarities and differences between standardized assessments commonly used in world language education?
3) How can tools like the APPLL Conversation Builder & Learnosity support assessment construction?

Today's Tools: AAPPLLogo.JPG Learnosity.JPG (For access, e-mail Troy Martin and Matthew Wilcox).

Housekeeping:

  • Roll
  • Guest speaker today
  • Turn in Curtain & Dahlberg, Ch. 7 reading guide

Activity 1: Metacognitive Moment

Activity 2: What are your pressing issues and concerns?

Activity 3: Guest Speaker - Troy Martin & Learnosity

  • Pathways Program (Global)
  • English Connect (the ESL Program)
    • English Connect 3 (Competency-based)
      • 26 Competencies
      • Based on ACTFL Can-Do Statements
      • Meets weekly online
  • Learnosity (the assessment building tool)
  • Any person with a BYU ID can access
  • Resources:

Activity 4: Quickfire Task: AAPPL Conversation Builder
AAPPLLogo.JPG

Activity 5: What are some of the common assessments used in WL education?

  • ELLOPA/SOPA
  • FSI
  • OPI
  • SOPI
  • STAMP

Activity 6: Homework


10-24-17: Assessing Listening

(Guest Speaker: Dr. Laura Catharine Smith)


10-19-17: Assessing Writing

(Group 2 Facilitates)


10-17-17: Assessing Speaking

(Group 1 Facilitates)


10-12-17: No Class


Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese Rank & Status Retreat (Use today to prepare to facilitate class later this month)

10-10-17: Scaffolding Assessment


Today's Topic: Scaffolding Assessment

Today's Objectives:

  • Students will identify key principles of scaffolding assessment.
  • Students will explain how specific types of scaffolding influence successful completion of assessments in world language education.

Today's Guiding Questions:

1) Based on today's learning experiences, why should teachers scaffold assessments?
2) Based on today's learning experiences, what are some key principles that will help teachers to successfully scaffold assessments?
3) Based on today's learning experiences, what are some specific types of scaffolding teachers should use to support students in successfully completing assessments?

Today's Tools: N/A

Housekeeping:

  • Roll
  • Collect Standardized Assessment Chart Homework
  • Guest speaker Asa Laws

Activity 1: Metacognitive Moment

Activity 2: What are your pressing issues and concerns?

Activity 3: Report on Results of Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time


Activity 4: Discussion of The Inquiry Project
  • What was effective about the ORGANIZATION AND STRUCTURE of these materials?
  • What was effective about the CONTENT of these materials?
  • What was INEFFECTIVE about these materials?
  • How could you ADAPT the organization and structure of these materials for sharing information about best practices in world language assessment?
  • How might these materials INFORM THE PUBLIC PRODUCT you create for your own project for this class?

Activity 5: Guest Speaker: Asa Laws

Activity 6: Return and report: What did you learn from reading abstracts from the research on assessment that is worth sharing?

1) ACTFL's Research Priorities
2) Purposes of Assessment
3) Best Practices in WL Assessment
4) Discussion re: what you learned from the research you read about the what, whys and hows of research in WL education.
5) According to the research you read, how can assessment data inform program/policy decisions?

Activity 7: Homework: Prepare to facilitate class later this month (no class on Thursday)

10-5-17: Assessment Research


Today's Topic: Understanding Research on Assessment

Today's Objectives:

  • Students will explore research on assessment in world language education.
  • Students will explain the what, why, and how of assessment in world language education.

Today's Guiding Questions:

1) According to the research you read, what should we assess and for whom?
2) According to the research you read, how should we assess?
3) According to the research you read, why should we assess?
4) According to the research you read, how can assessment data inform program/policy decisions?

Today's Tools: N/A

Housekeeping:

  • Roll
  • Guest speaker on Thursday
  • Turn in Shrum & Glisan Ch. 11 Reading Guide

Activity 1: Metacognitive Moment: Jorge (3 Nephi 11:1-8 - Understanding)

Activity 2: What are your pressing issues and concerns?

Activity 3: Compare & contrast Shrum & Glisan, Ch. 11 with Curtain and Dahlberg, Ch. 7

Activity 4: What insights did you gain from Curtain and Dahlberg, Ch. 7?

Activity 5: Collecting Useful Data for World Language Assessment

a) Your Needs Assessments
b) Project Updates
c) Using Surveys & Questionnaires to Identify Needs

Activity 6: Homework


10-3-17: Purposes, Practices, & Principles


Today's Topic: Purposes, Practices, Principles, & Possibilities of World Language Assessment

Today's Objectives:

  • Students will explore the purposes of assessment in world language education.
  • Students will identify common practices in world language assessment.
  • Students will identify key principles of effective world language assessment.
  • Students will explain how assessment data can be used to inform program and policy decisions in world language education.

Today's Guiding Questions:

1) According to the reading, why do we assess?
2) According to the reading, how are learners typically assessed in world language education?
3) According to the reading, how should we assess?
4) According to the reading, how can assessment data inform program/policy decisions?

Today's Tools: N/A

Housekeeping:

  • Roll
  • Turn in Shrum & Glisan Ch. 11 Reading Guide

Activity 1: Metacognitive Moment

Activity 2: What are your pressing issues and concerns and what did you learn from the mini-course?

Activity 3: What did you learn from Shrum & Glisan, Ch. 11?

Activity 4: Tensions in World Language Assessment

1) How do we typically assess world language learners?
2) What tensions does this produce? Why?
3) Who are the stakeholders in world language assessments?
4) What information does each group need?
5) How can we create assessments that provide better information for each group without overtesting students?

Activity 5: Homework


9-28-17: Mini-course


No class - Attend the mini-course on assessment with Dr. Ray Clifford


9-26-17: Mini-course


No class - Attend the mini-course on assessment with Dr. Ray Clifford

9-21-17: Assessment as a Spiritual Issue


Today's Topic: Assessment as a Spiritual Issue

Today's Objectives:

  • Students will explore examples of assessment from the scriptures.
  • Students will explain how the Lord assesses His children.
  • Students will identify implications of the Lord's methods of assessment for world language education.

Today's Guiding Questions:

1) What is the purpose of Relief Society and Priesthood meetings on Sunday according to the church's new Come Follow Me curriculum?
2) How does the Lord assess His children in the scriptures?
3) What are the implications of how the Lord assesses his children for world language education?

Today's Tools: N/A

Housekeeping:

  • Roll
  • No class next week - attend Dr. Clifford's mini-course on assessment instead
Activity 1:
Metacognitive Moment
- Dustin
How does the Lord assess us?

  • Dustin's insights from pondering assessment during a temple session
  • Purpose of the new Come Follow Me curriculum
  • How does the Lord assess?
    • Adam and Eve - The Lord invites self-assessment
    • Mary and Martha - The Lord does not compare us and celebrates our strengths
    • Us - The Lord accepts us as we are while encouraging us to keep trying to do better

Activity 2: What are your pressing issues and concerns?

Jeff's story

Activity 3: Return and report: Project ideas

Activity 4: Homework


9-19-17: Assessment as a Cognitive Issue


Today's Topic: Assessment as a Cognitive Issue: Using Backward Design & Project-based Language Learning to Link Understanding & Experience

Today's Objectives:

  • Students will explain how the purposes of schooling (as defined by Labaree, 2007) impact world language education.
  • Students will explain how political, social, economic, and cultural forces influence world language assessment.

Today's Guiding Questions:

1) What do we mean by "understanding?"
2) How can we tell what a student or colleague does (and does not) understand?
3) How can we use the tools of research to improve the students'/colleagues' understanding and capacity to exercise their agency to act on what matters to them?

Today's Tools: PadletLogo.png

Housekeeping: Roll

Activity 1: What are your pressing issues and concerns?
I am excited to work on the assessment project, and also worried by the time commitment. Any advice for successfully working on a project and a thesis at the same time?


Activity 2: Rotation Review: What do we mean by "understanding?"

Activity 3: Deconstructing Understanding in a FL Context: One Semester of Spanish Love Song



Activity 4: Discussion of Excerpts from Most Likely to Succeed


Activity 5: Project-based Language Learning



Activity 5: Homework


9-14-17: Policy & Assessment


Today's Topic: Assessment as a Political, Social, Economic, & Cultural Issue: Standardized Testing

Today's Objectives:

  • Students will explain how the purposes of schooling (as defined by Labaree, 2007) impact world language education.
  • Students will explain how political, social, economic, and cultural forces influence world language assessment.

Today's Guiding Questions:

1) What are the purposes of schooling in general and world language education in particular?
2) How do political, social, and economic forces influence world language assessment?
3) How do issues of accountability, competition, and comparisons play out in world language assessment?

Today's Tools: N/A

Housekeeping: Roll

Activity 1: Celebrations & Concerns

I appreciate the links because they answered a lot of the questions that I would have asked here. Also the schedule and syllabus are clearly explained, and visually clear. Thank you!
Is there a date for UCET yet?
Will there be any possibilities to volunteer at UFLA this year?
- How can we sign up to present at UFLA?

Activity 2: Syllabus, Schedule, & Assessment



Expectations for Graduate Students

  • Promptings for Course Direction & Correction
    • Laura's Mission & Marriage Story
    • Dustin's Mission & Marriage Story
  • Purpose of the Course: Use your learning to make a difference
  • Negotiating the Syllabus
  • Rigor v. Meaning
  • Key Dates

Final Exam Policy
  • Date
  • No early exams
  • It will take the whole time

Course Wiki

Food Sign-up

Activity 2: Debriefing of Homework

Connections between contexts of concern and assessment handout

Activity 3: What are your pressing issues and concerns?

Emily's story about testing
Deconstruction of Emily's story
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Problem-solving: From whose perspective? (Teacher, Pedagogue, Researcher)
The Power of Multiple Lenses
The Power of Analyzing Like a Researcher, Thinking Like a Teacher, & Responding Like a Pedagogue

Activity 4: Purposes of Schooling (Labaree, 1997)
  • Democratic Equality
  • Social Efficiency
  • Social Mobility
  • Accountability
      • No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
      • Common Core
  • Competition & Comparisons
    • School Performance (School Report Cards)
    • School Funding
    • School Reform
    • Teacher Quality, Performance
    • Merit Pay
  • Sifting & Sorting
    • College Entrance
    • Achievement Gaps
    • Approaches (Honors, AP/IB/GTC/Special Ed, Grouping, Tracking)
    • Implications for the Design of WL Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment

Activity 5: Homework


9-12-17: Meaningful Measuring


Today's Topic: Meaningful Measuring

Today's Objectives:

  • Students will explore relationships between meaning, personal relevance, learning, cognition, and assessment.
  • Students will define meaningful learning and "good" assessment.
  • Students will identify assessment-related concerns common to different spheres of world language education.

Today's Guiding Questions:

1) How is assessment related to meaningfulness, personal relevance, learning, and cognition?
2) How do we measure meaningful learning?
3) How do we determine if the products we (or students) produce are "good?"

Today's Tools: Google Forms, Slideshare, Tagxedo, Wikispaces

Housekeeping: Roll

Activity 1: What are your pressing issues and concerns?

Activity 2:
Metacognitive Moment
What does our conversation and my writing on the board teach us about assessment?

Activity 3: The Time You Have (in Jellybeans)

How will we measure the meaningfulness of our learning?


Activity 4: What do we mean by "good?" (PowerPoint)

How will we measure if the products we produce as a result of our learning are "good?"



Activity 5: Circles of Consideration

Which sphere of assessment would you most like to impact?


Activity 6: Homework



9-7-17: Introduction to Assessment


Today's Topic: Introduction to Assessment

Today's Objectives:

  • Students will define assessment.
  • Students will articulate common purposes of assessment.
  • Students will explain common professional terms related to their personal experiences with assessment.

Today's Guiding Questions:

1) What do we mean by assessment?
2) Why do we assess?
3) How do we assess?

Today's Tools: Google Forms, Slideshare, Tagxedo, Wikispaces

Housekeeping: Roll

Activity 1: Assessment Associations

What does the field of education mean when it uses the term "assessment?"






Respun Assessment Tagxedo.jpg


Activity 2: Test PowerPoint (Think/Pair/Share)

What do we mean by the term "test?"


Activity 3: Assessment Taboo

How would you define assessment?



Activity 4: Assessment Buzzword Bingo

What does the term "assessment" mean in the field of world language education?


Activity 5: Definitions

What is your personal definition of assessment?


Activity 6: How do you measure a year?

How will we measure our time together?



Activity 7: Homework



Sept. 5: Assessment & Self-Care


Today's Topic: Assessment as a Spiritual Issue

Today's Objectives:

  • Students will get to know one another.
  • Students will discuss potential connections between their professional goals and assessment.
  • Students will discuss the purposes of self-care.

Today's Guiding Questions:

1) Who am I?
2) Who are you?
3) What are your professional goals?
4) How can this course help you to achieve your professional goals?
5) Why is self-care important?

Today's Tools: Wikispaces

Housekeeping: Roll

Activity 1: Introduction to Dr. Montgomery

Activity 2: Personal Introductions

Activity 3: Discussion of Professional Goals

Activity 4: Intro. to the Course

1) Course Wiki
2) Structure of the course
3) Course topics

Activity 5: Self-Care

1) Story Time: The Giving Tree - What does the Spirit teach you as you listen?

El arbol generoso (Spain)

2) Think-Pair-Share: What insights did you gain as you listened to the story?

3) The Importance of Self-Care

a) The Lord is preparing you for things you may not yet fully realize.
b) Bethany's story
c) Dr. M's turtles and the fable of The Tortoise & the Hare
d) Misconceptions we have about being enough, doing enough, and improving our teaching
e) What we will do differently this year

Activity 6: Homework


Archives

Assessment as a Political, Social, & Economic, & Cultural Issue: Standardized Testing
·Purposes of Schooling (Labaree, 1997)
oDemocratic Equality
oSocial Efficiency
oSocial Mobility

  • Accountability
    • No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
    • Common Core
  • Competition &
Comparisons

oSchool Performance (School Report Cards)
oSchool Funding
oSchool Reform
oTeacher Quality, Performance
oMerit Pay
oSifting & Sorting
§College Entrance
§Achievement Gaps
§Approaches (Honors, AP/IB/GTC/Special Ed, Grouping, Tracking)
·Implications for the Design of WL Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
Optional - Read: Brown, Ch. 4