In our recent post on the topic of assessment vocabulary we discussed being aware of and specifically teaching multiple meaning words and how assessment vocabulary supports students’ success. Increasing a student’s vocabulary to help them better understand what they are learning (learning target), what they are doing to learn (cognitive verbs) and how they will be asked to demonstrate that learning (assessment vocabulary) will all ultimately help them achieve more.
One aspect of academic vocabulary that really resonates with me is that of multiple meaning words, and part of that is the connection those words have to assessment. In this blog post I wanted to have some fun by looking at some ‘totally genius’ examples of student responses to assessment vocabulary. By all means scroll through them all as they left me chuckling, but there are two that help us make the case.
For instance, in the above example, ‘name’ is one of those multiple meaning words that cross over the three types of vocabulary – academic, social and home (cultural).
The above example is a good (albeit humorous) example of the importance of teaching students to read and understand directions. Critical to being successful on any assessment, this one can get in the way and confuse whether or not we are assessing reading or the actual content, which may not be reading.
We thought this would be a fun way to address the assessment vocabulary topic, especially around the holidays. We hope you enjoyed it! Please feel free to share your favorite example from the list.