This week my school system had a training on the CDS and how to use them. In my school system, we are supposed to have the CDS on the board with the objectives and the standards and the agenda for the day. I always put up generic CDS that I know all can meet.
I prefer to show the language learners the CDS after the fact to show them how well they are doing. They are not for grading. They are to help them see how well they are progressing and in what area.
Recently I had done a Running Dictation activity with several of my classes. I was amazed at how much language they were acquiring while they were having fun running up and down the hallway. As I was monitoring my class during the activity a colleague passed by and asked me what the students were doing running up and down the hallway. I briefly explained it and she said, “Oh, that looks like they are having fun.” She didn’t say they looked like they were acquiring the language. So I decided to write up a little document about Running Dictation. I included CDS from my school system. There are 3 rubrics (not for grading) to show learners what they can do and at what level. You and I know that the majority of the learners do not care too much about the rubrics. That is okay. The next time I do Running Dictations, I plan to have copies of this document to pass out to colleagues who pass by and think that they are “just having fun.”
I am very lucky to have admin who support me and know that my students are acquiring the language. Really, they do exist.
Here is a link to the document: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R4QoM8opey0_33PVzddPaTGb3EkUUiki/view?usp=sharing
Let me know what you think.