In life and in Common Core State Standards, students need to demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills. You don't think so? Try marriage without them. Okay, so maybe you're not thinking about that now. Now you DO need to come to class prepared for discussion, draw on that preparation by referring to specific evidence in class texts and other research on the topic, and stimulate a well-reasoned exchange of ideas (CC9-12.SL1a). You need to work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed (CC9-12.SL1b). You need to respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives and resolve contradictions when possible (CC9-12SL 1d). All of this is achieved through learning how to communicate effectively=oral presentation. Use the specific characteristics below to better understand the assessment of this skill in my classes. For all CCSS's for listening and speaking, click HERE.
5 (A Range): Student always take a voluntary, thoughtful, and active role in their own learning, challenging themselves on a daily basis. Through preparation and inquiry, they consistently demonstrate a genuine desire to learn and share ideas with the teacher and their classmates. They initiate discussions, ask significant questions, and act as leaders within the group. They are willing to take risks, to assert an opinion and support it, and to listen actively to others. These students are always well prepared to contribute to the class as a result of having thoughtfully completed assignments on time. The thoroughness of their work demonstrates the high regard they hold for learning. They are consistently prepared for class; specifically, they come to class everyday with appropriate texts, notebooks, handouts, and writing implements. There is no distracting use of phones.
4 (B Range): Students often take an active role in their own learning. They participate regularly in class discussions and volunteer their ideas, ask thoughtful questions, and defend opinions specifically. They listen respectfully to their classmates and are willing to share ideas as a result of having completed assignments on time. Though never causing a disruption to the class, these students do not always demonstrate a consistent commitment to make the most of our class each and every day. They are, however, consistently prepared for class with appropriate texts, notebook, handouts, and writing implements. There is minimal use of phones.
3 (C Range): Students sometimes take an active role in their own learning, sharing relevant ideas and asking appropriate questions. Although reluctant to take risks, they contribute regularly to class discussions. These students listen to their classmates and respect their opinions. As a result of having completed assignments, these students are prepared to answer questions when called upon (either orally or on written DIRT quizzes*). They may need occasional reminders to stay on task, to make the most of our class time, to stop side conversations, and to increase their level of commitment to the course. Phones are utilized inappropriately, and the teacher occasionally must remind the student to put it away.
2 (D Range): Students occasionally take an active role in their own learning. They participate and ask questions infrequently. They hesitate to share their ideas or to take risks, and they may not always listen to or respect the opinions of others and/or the teacher. These students usually participate only when called upon or when called upon, appear not to be listening to teacher or peers. As a result of assignments being sometimes incomplete, late, or missing, they may not be prepared to answer thoughtfully with detail or substance. They engage in occasional to frequent side conversations and phone/texting conversations that are distracting to others or simply rude. They may also "zone out" in class and be unresponsive to questions, discussion, or comments of peers/teacher. A conference with the teacher is required to re-establish the expectations for participation.
1 (F Range): Students rarely take an active role in their own learning. They often do not participate and rarely share ideas or ask questions. These students display poor listening skills, and/or they may be intolerant of the opinions of others. As a result of being unprepared for or disengaged from class, these students often refuse to offer ideas even when called upon. Often they are more of a liability than an asset to the overall progress of the class. They may also require nearly constant reminders to "get off their phones."
*DIRT Quizzes are assessments of homework completion. DIRT=Did I Read This? They are used whenever students are reluctant to participate or show other signs of being unprepared for class (eye avoidance, closed-off body language, etc.). Students may always use homework notes to take DIRT Quizzes. In this way I seek to reward those who have done their work.