When speaking of standards, it is very important to distinguish content standards from performance standards. Content standards refer to what students should learn. In other words the content of the subject-area they will study. Whereas, performance standards indicate how well they know such content. They indicate what students actually know, up to what extent they have met the standards.
Key questions I like how this article starts. It begins with an inquiry on the learning needs pupils have. This issue is of great importance when we plan and design a course. Normally we take this for granted especially in a face to face class. We hope or mostly assume that all our student are about the same, that they one just like the other. However, we must think of their needs before we start planning. We need to know who they are and what they need to be successful learners.
I intend to open a space to reflect on TESOL Standards. This is a challenging issue in EFL/ESL education. Standards are aligned to the curriculum development, instruction, grading, assessmentand and reporting. They enable us to be accountable for everything we do in the classroom.
Since this is an open space to reflect on my TESOL Standards course, I will be more than thankful those whose questions and comments to enhance my understanding.
In the meantime, these are my goals for the online course I intend to design.
Goal 1 : design meaningful activities using Web2.o tools for my TESOL Standards course
Goal 2 : create a free-risk e-learning environment for students to interact and enhance their teaching skills.
I have been a teacher for quite some time. However, I see myself more like a student. One of my major concerns is to find ways, strategies, methods to help my studends learn and produce their own knowledge. I think the tools from Web 2.0 offer us all a great opportunity to do that.