1. Task: Create a rubric/alternative assessment tool
(1) RubiStar, the website: Easy to make a rubric and find numerous templates. Also I could learn from numbers of rubrics in public.
(2) How to adapt rubrics to my teaching style; this is very important for me!!
I always give a "briefing" of a lesson at the beginning. I made my own rubric and then found that I could make a brief rubric for every class and use it instead of, or with a briefing.
[ How I apply to my classes]
At the beginning, in the midst, as a wrap-up, or even after the lesson, a rubric is a map, a guidebook, a manual or a record for both students and teachers.
I am quite sure I will get used to making a rubric so soon and find more hidden potential in it.
2. Discussion: Project-based learning and WebQuests
(1) "dos and don't s" Thank you, Elimira!
She showed us a good list of dos and don't s in making a rubric or an alternate assessment. The followings are some of "dos" in her list
Do'sAll of the reasons why I was not successful in PBL in the past are summarized in these three respects.
• Explain the benefit from alternative assessment to the students. Students need to get comfortable with the process;
• Be supportive and be aware of group dynamics when observing students working in small groups;
• Make it beneficial, decrease isolation;
(2) Making the language learning "means", not goals, and K-W-L Charts
In Susan's PBL classes, English itself was just a means. I think this is a key to motivate students in PBL classes.
One more thing I learned is K-W-L Cahrts. In the second one, "What I want to know",students use English as a tool, and this strong motivation, "want to do something" helps learners much more autonomous than those who are in teacher-centered classes.
3. Project step #4: Describe a technology- related change
(1) Getting over the rote level---Thanks to Robert!
I first used "Quizlet"(http://quizlet.com) only. Robert advised me to use "ESLvideo.com ( http://www.eslvideo.com/). As for using "Quizlet", I think staying the rote level is a common pitfall for many users. His advice was a good suggestion to avoid it. I am sure that a combination of "Quizlet", "ESLvideo.com" and a rubric makes a good language learning lesson.
4. Extra credit task: Create a technology enhanced project or WebQuest
I decided to try "WebQuest" because I thought this website is very helpful for the students who have to study independently for some reason. First, I watched a lot of works in public, then got started to make my own, referring to my classmates' great jobs. As this website allows us to make just one for free, I have to look for some substitute...
As some big school events were over, I will have more time to "hop around websites" to look for materials that I can use in my final project work.
Thank you, my classmates and Robert!
See you again, next week!
It's been rainy or cloudy all day these days.
I look forward to a fine day, and want to enjoy taking underwater photos next week! :)