Best. Pretest. Ever.

For the vocab pretest today, I put the kids in groups of five or six and had them sit in circle with their group. They each got a blank piece of paper, and the new vocabulary list.  I told them that their paper represented their facebook wall, and that they were to write a status at the top of their paper, using at least one of the vocabulary words.

They were then to pass the papers around and back and forth within their group, commenting on one another’s status posts and comments, using other vocabulary words.

I had them staple all the papers from their group together into one packet, so that I could get a good overview of how they were using the words. I was surprised at how much some of them struggled, even with the vocabulary sheet, definitions, and sample sentences right there in front of them, so it was a great pre-assessment.

My favorite page (they were all “b” words, by the way):

B.F.: I’m going to be boisterous and bring cookies on Wednesday!

(Someone drew a thumbs up under this)

J.H.: I hope they aren’t chocolate; I will get blemishes.

(Another like icon)

Y.L.: Hopefully our teacher doesn’t berate us cuz we can’t have food in class.

A.Z.: Make sure you burnish your cooking pan afterwards.

M. R.: That would be a great boon to us.

B.F.: Yeah Buddy! I will make sure the cookies aren’t  blemish causing.

J.H.: Yum. #yolo #beseech

Y.L.: @B.H. you are so bombastic.

2 responses to “Best. Pretest. Ever.

  • Jane Payne

    Kimber, I should be preparing a lesson, but I just had to read everyone of your eight posts, and now your boys will probably pay for it. But, these were incredible. Not only do I love what you write, I love how you write. I’m so grateful you’re teaching others how to do it, too. I love your facebook page idea with vocab words. Your great ideas are apparent in your teaching as well as your writing.

    Write on. Write on.

    • kimberlybbert

      The facebook thing worked really well for that in one class, and not in another. But then I was also able to use it another day, I found out, to teach how to cite quotations: I transcribed some of the better conversations that developed and handed them back out to different groups. I had them write a direct quote from the conversation, a paraphrase, and then a summary of the entire thing. It was a quick, simple assessment of their understanding, and it was material they found relevant and interesting.

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