Assessing young children in Spain
My sister (Meredith) is currently living and teaching English in Spain. I thought who better to ask about assessing young children in a different country than my sister! We talked briefly on the phone and she had this to say:
|Teaching young children in Spain|
Meredith (my sister) is on the back row
Children in Spain are grouped in Cycle's. Cycle 1 consists of 1st and 2nd Grade, Cycle 2 consists of 3rd and 4th Grade and Cycle 3 consists of 5th and 6th Grade. The child remains with the same teacher during the Cycle (at the end of 2nd grade the child moves to a new cycle and a new teacher). At the end of each cycle the young child is given an English exam. This exam does not determine whether or not the child moves to the next cycle. In fact the school has to pay to receive results. The child is assessed as a whole--their educational advancement is not determined by one test.My sister and I are both similar--we agree with this method. She also did not do well on tests but look where she is now. She is living her dream in a country she adores! Imagine if her educational fate was determined by her test taking skills.