VIPKID: I’m teaching my first UA! (Unit Assessment!)

Hello VIPKID teacher!  Come on over, let me tell you about Unit Assessments, or UAs.  You need to know about these types of lessons before you begin to teach them!    UAs are different from regular classes. Don’t get caught off guard!

As soon as you see a UA on your schedule, plan a few extra minutes to check it out and get familiar with it.  Even if you’ve taught several normal classes, this one will take some preparation.

You’ll notice right away that they have a TON of slides, usually about 45 instead of 26 or 27.  Don’t freak out.   Most of those slides are “filler” slides.  The format of the UA is always the same for levels 2-6. They have a “game map” format.  If possible, look through the power point ahead of class to get the format. Here’s an example. It is kind of like a “built-in reward system.”  But note that you still need to use some kind of simple secondary reward system.

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On the day you’re going to teach it, go into the classroom and click “Add Feedback” right away, before class begins.  It’s a very different feedback form.   It will have multiple places for you to rate the student, on each content area (grammar, reading, speaking, etc.).  Here’s a sample of the grading rubric for the feedback form of UAs:

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In the top right corner of the feedback there is a button that says “Stick to bottom.” Click this.  Then, you can see the feedback right below the normal classroom, while you’re teaching. You can mark their scores as you go. It’s super helpful.

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Now, let me explain some of the UA slides:

First there are the usual intro slides: a reward slide and a song slide.

Then, there is a slide that has a problem- Lily lost her toys! Dino needs to make a salad!  Tino can’t remember the name of his school!  Something like that.  That’s the set-up for the UA game. Here’s an example:

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Then, they choose a character- Meg or Mike- to play through the game.  It’s kind of a “breeze over it” slide.

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Then, it shows the 5 or 6 steps of the game map.  I usually count the steps and draw a line through all of them. I say something like “You will get 5 things!”  If it’s an interactive lesson (Level 2), there will be a little Meg and Mike character that you can actually move to each level.

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Projects:

If it’s lesson 6, there will be no project due.  The project will be discussed at the end of the slides like it is in lesson 5 and 11.

 

If it is lesson 12, they have a project due.  Presenting the project is always “Level 1” of the game map. Don’t get too worried, MOST student’s don’t have it ready.  L  But some do!  It’s always exciting when they do!  And in a very few cases, they will upload it beforehand.  Check on the area above the classroom, by the stars, and there’s a button that says “Project Uploaded.” If that is highlighted, they already took a picture of their project and uploaded it.  I’ve only seen this maybe twice!  But it could happen. Usually this is what you see: “Project Not Uploaded.”

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So the first step of the game map (if it’s lesson 12) is for them to show you their project.

-If they did it, they will hold it up to the screen and show you. You can talk about it.

-If they did not do it, they will probably look totally confused. Just skip over it, give them 0 points. If you have time at the end, hop back to this slide and draw one of the project choices together, and talk about it.

 

Then, after the project section, continue through the slides and the “game map.”  After each section, there will be a reward slide and it show the game map moving on. This is where I give my secondary reward.  Sometimes, I just draw whatever they got on the game map, so that it’s not confusing to have two totally different rewards happening.  Don’t forget to give stars too.

If possible, score the student as you go, with the feedback “stuck” on the bottom of the slides.  You can be tough on scoring.  If they need teacher assistance, they shouldn’t get the full amount of points. At the end, you’ll have to still write feedback to the parents, but no teacher to teacher feedback.

Here’s an example of feedback I wrote for a Level 2 UA. I use Feedback Panda, so this was a template that I edited.

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“Hello Coco!  🙂  I love having classes with you!  You are such a great student!  In today’s class Coco took an assessment of all the content that she learned in Unit 5. Assessments are different than regular classes. No new content is learned, instead Coco showed me what she has learned up to this point.

Coco did not have a project, so we drew one together.  She told me that she likes to swing and slide at the playground!Coco did well on her assessment but needed teacher help for few activities.  For vocabulary, Coco demonstrated knowledge of the activities [ball], [basketball], [ping-pong], and [soccer]. Coco also was able to identify [kite], [friend], and [tag], and use them in complete sentences. Coco was not able to properly conjugate the phrase [to run], and [to play].  Remember for the pronouns he/she/it, we use the “s” at the end like “He runs. She plays.”

 

In speaking and listening, Coco was able to read and tell me in in complete sentences different varieties of the verb [play]. For Example [I play with my friends], [I play with my dad], as well as [The dog plays], and [The family plays].  For reading and writing, Coco was not able to identify and the high frequency words [was], [day], [we], [or], [who], and [only]. Please review these words.  Coco was also able to blend short /i/ words with [-it], [-ip], [-ig], [-in]. Coco was given a short story to read, and was able to read the story fluently and independently, as well as appropriately answer the comprehension questions with complete sentences.

 

In grammar, Coco was given the task to find the lower case [i], and proper nouns. Coco was able to appropriately capitalize the appropriate letters with teacher help.  Coco did a very good job in Math. She was given two math problems to complete and answered them correctly with teacher help.

 

Please thank Coco for a five-star class! ★★★★★Thank you for sharing the class with me and I hope to see Coco again soon! I would appreciate your comments and 5 apple rating!  In the comments, please tell me what Coco enjoyed about our class! Please consider using the Priority Booking function to get on my schedule again in two weeks. Have a great day! – Teacher Laura FAJ from Minnesota, USA”

 

Some other UA thoughts:
-If they are totally not understanding a concept, take the time to re-teach it.

-If they didn’t have a project (this is normal!) and you have time at the end, hop back to the presentation slide and draw a project with them so they can get a few points still.

-Make sure to mention in the comments that UAs are different than normal classes, so parents understand why you’re not teaching new material, and probably not using as many props and teaching aids.

-Usually, kids are pretty prepared and breeze through their UA.  So keep an eye on your pacing.  You don’t want to get to the end of the slides and still have 5-7 minutes left!  So try to pace yourself to finish the levels in 5 minute incrments, like this:

5:00ish= finish level 1

10:00ish= finish level 2

15:00ish= finish level 3

20:00ish=finish level 4

25:00ish=finish level 5, say good bye! J

 

I really enjoy UAs, because I feel like I can relax a bit and just let the kid show me what they know.  Less teaching, more listening.  I hope you have a good one!

 

Laura

 

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