In this episode we are talking about Can Do Statements. Are yours truly communicative and proficiency-based, allowing students to show what they can do with the language?
- what the ACTFL Can Do Statements are and why they were created
- the Intercultural Can Do Statements
- how to write an effective Can Do Statement that is rooted in the proficiency level of your class
- what makes a Can Do Statement communicative
- examples for modifying Can Do Statements to make them more communicative
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Can Do Statements are essential to backwards design. They are what keep us focused on what our students will be able to do with the language they are learning.
I wanted to find ways for students to use the statements actively and regularly throughout a unit. I’ve used various paper versions, but I took on the task of finding a way to do this digitally and in a way that lets me check in on student progress at any time.
I initially started with a Google Form, but the data was only available to me, not to students once they submitted it. I then moved on to several versions using Google Sheets. This is the one that has worked the best.
The sheet is set up with the Can Do Statements for the unit.
As we progress through the unit, students choose their current ability to meet the objective by choosing from the drop-down menu to the right of the statement.
I have the responses set to change color for easy identification.
When students choose “with confidence” they type in an example to show that they can meet the statement objective.
When shared through Google Classroom I set the assignment to make a copy for each student and then I can check in on their progress individually. I have been particularly impressed with the conversations about proficiency that come up. Students take an active role in concretely understanding where they are and what they need to do to level up and meet the goal.
It took some time to figure out how to best do the drop down menu and have the cells change color, but I eventually figured it out. Good news is that you can can copy the Google Sheet directly to your Google Drive.