Mandarin Assessments and Differentiation

Students will be assessed using both formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments are given during a unity of inquiry, and help guide instruction and give feedback to both the teacher and the students as to how understanding is advancing, and how instruction may need to be modified. Summative assessments are given at the end of a unit of inquiry to provide a clear picture of what the student knows and understands at the end of that unit, grading period or year, etc. Students will be assessed on how well they understand concepts, how much knowledge they’ve acquired, their mastery of skills, their development of appropriate attitudes and their decisions to take responsible action. Both the students and I will participate in assessing these areas. We will use:

  • Anecdotal records
  • Checklists
  • Continuums
  • Exemplars
  • Rubrics
  • Thinking Maps

As these assessments occur, I will confer with students. I will be available during Parent/Teacher/Student conferences 3 times a year or as needed to discuss your students’ progress. I will also provide feedback on your student’s “Specials” report card 3 times a year.

At the beginning of the year I will be conducting “pre-assessments” to determine students’ abilities and interests. This will help in planning, to ensure that I create lessons that meet the instructional needs of all students, regardless of where they are in their language and musical development.

Please contact me if you have questions or concerns about how I use assessments and differentiate my instruction.