What is Dynamic Assessment?
Dynamic assessment is a lot of things. It is a less-biased approach for determining when there is a language difference rather than a language disorder because of second-language influence. It is an interactive and process-oriented procedure to measure language learning potential. It is a test-teach-retest model based on Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). It provides us with concrete intervention targets via “mediated learning” (Feuerstein). There is a lot to be praised about dynamic assessment but how do we reap the rewards within the testing timeframes that we have been given?
Dynamic assessment enables us to take areas that have arisen as concerns on our formal testing and systematically put them through a quick 5-step process:
- Intentionality – teaches the purpose of the activity
- Meaning – explains why we are working on something
- Transcendence – helps the student understand what happens when we don’t have the skill
- Application – gives direct instructions on how to produce the skill
- Competence – assures us that the student has understood.
Participants will be able to:
- define dynamic assessment
- select teaching targets to perform appropriate assessments of CLD students
- develop practical teaching tasks
- use the results to make differential diagnoses of diverse learners
Dynamic Assessment: Getting Real, Usable Information from our Testing is a video course using the following format:
05 minutes: Introduction
05 minutes: Framework for assessment
10 minutes: Pros and cons of formal and informal assessment
05 minutes: Explanation of dynamic assessment
20 minutes: Presentation of Mediated Learning Experience (MLE) with 5 section video teaching (Intentionality, Meaning, Transcendence, Application, Competence)
10 minutes: Presentation of results
10 minutes: Implementation of pre- and post-test strategies
05 minutes: Course quiz and evaluation
70 minutes total