Hi and welcome to another week of Optimum Organization!! Elizabeth and I have so enjoyed reading everyone's ideas and we hope you have as well!
This week, I would like to share how I organize something that can get a little complicated...or at least messy.
Differentiated spelling tests.
During any given year I can have between 3 and 4 different spelling lists going at once. And things can get a little hectic when it comes to Friday's testing and grading.
However, thanks to a multitude of technology resources, it isn't so bad anymore!
Here's my system (please click on any of the green links for more information and files to share)...
I don't really know where I'd be without Spelling City! This year I splurged and purchased the full license, allowing my students to access the vocabulary games and...
to test out as well!
Oh wait, that's step two...
2. Students take their tests on their device (we are a BYOD school).
Which means all of my students, regardless of their spelling list, can take the test at the same time. Not only does this save us tons of instructional time, but it also gives my students an instant score.
3. Students take the Challenge Words test.
For this part I do use paper...I like to have a place to record the score to send home to my families. Plus there isn't a way to score bonus points on the Spelling City tests. Unless I missed it.
4. Students number and highlight their Challenge Words papers.
Once the papers are in number order, I go to Spelling City and record the scores from the tests...
and add up any extra points from our Challenge Words test.
6. I enter them in my gradebook (this is my favorite part!)
I know I've already gone on and on about my favorite app, iDoceo. Well, it just takes a moment to go through the lists (since they are in ordering according to my gradebook) and add the scores...
(that's just a sample page for the visual)
And that's it! It looks like a lot of steps written out but it takes very little time.
The best part? Even though I'm sorting through a lot of differentiated work, this system allows it to be quick and easy for me and, more importantly, for my students.
Would you like to link up with us? Elizabeth and I would love to have you join in the organizational fun!