#TipforTuesday – Taster Assessments – Trust your Instincts!
So you have a taster session, perhaps it’s your first, perhaps it’s your thirty first. The Bready is set for Picaro 1A so you get into the classroom, you put up the slide, and the student enters. You ask them their name, their age and what they like to do, and they answer the questions with ease. You begin the slides and having introduced yourself to the student and the opening conversation, you know the first five or so slides covering ‘how are you?’ are a breeze for them.
Should you move them up a level?
Trust your instincts! The level set before the session is one decided by the parent speaking to the sales team. You as the teacher are the one with the ability to assess whether a student is finding the content too easy or too difficult or, as hopefully is the case, the perfect level. If you’re new to IQBar – don’t worry. With time this will become easier.
This may seem like a lot of pressure, this could be the difference between the Bready booking further sessions or deciding not to use IQBar - don’t worry! We’ve put together this list of things you can do to make sure you feel confident with the level you deem appropriate for the Bready. What is most important is that the Bready is challenged the correct amount and consequently both you and your student can get the most out of the session.
Assess – Jump – Change
If you are unsure whether the level is right or not, particularly if you think it is too easy, just remember to assess, jump, and then change.
Picaro levels begin easy and get harder through each unit, and this is reflected in the taster sessions. If the session starts out too simple for your Bready, jump to the middle of the session, or towards the end and see if it becomes more challenging for them. If they seem to be struggling with the sentence structures, new vocabulary, or written activities later on in the class, you can keep going from this point in the Powerpoint and expand on areas that seem unchartered territory. What is important here is to make sure you note this down in your review at the end of the class so the team can set the Bready’s future sessions to starting from that level.
It is important to know the content of the Taster session beforehand, so if you do need to jump to a later stage in the presentation, you know roughly where this should be.
If the Bready finds the lesson easy even after jumping, you can then try changing to a different level and seeing if that works out better.
If you think the original level was actually better suited, change back!
There is no fault in trying out a level and then returning to the previous. If you thought Picaro 1 was too easy, but then discovered Picaro 2 was far too hard and Picaro 1 might actually be more appropriate, go back to it! You do not have to soldier on through with the new level. That is not benefiting anybody, and there is no shame in changing again. Don’t forget that this is a Taster session. It’s all about trying it out and seeing what works, both for the Bready and for you.
Read the Lesson Guides
Our lovely manager Sarah has written guides for every Taster session including tips on how to expand individual slides, what to do if you think one particular slide is very tricky, and what you should do in situations just like this. Before your taster sessions, make sure you take the time to read through these and fully understand what each Taster is about. The more you know, the more prepared you are. The most prepared you are, the more confident you will be in your teaching decisions!
You can find all of the lesson guides here
The Bready Assessors are there to help
From this month, every successful taster session will be watched by one of our Bready assessors who will make sure that the Bready was put on the right level and write notes up for the next teacher to make sure they know exactly how best the Bready learns. This means that the pressure is off a little as there is the opportunity of a second opinion about the level of the student.
Finally – Don’t forget to put the adjusted level in the review
So you decided to change the level of the Bready – don’t forget to put this updated level in the box in the review page! Don’t keep it at the level that was already set if this is no longer correct.
Once all this is done, sit back, relax and enjoy writing your reviews!