VIPKid Unit Assessments – Feedback & Tips
If you are assigned to teach a VIPKid Unit Assessment, don’t panic. They are straightforward and will become second nature once you teach a few of them. But just like any other lesson you haven’t taught before, you’ll want to spend some time getting to know the material and how it’s different from a regular course. Everything you need to know to prepare for one and become an expert is right here in this guide.
We’ll cover all the must-know details on VIPKid Unit Assessments, including:
- Preparing for a Unit Assessment
- Teaching Tips for Unit Assessments
- First Unit Assessment
- Second Unit Assessment
- Final Projects
- No Show Procedure
- Scoring & Feedback
Preparing for a VIPKid Unit Assessment
Don’t worry if you have not taught the student or classes prior to the unit assessment, just be aware of when you are assigned a UA so you can prepare. Unit Assessments might sound scary, but they are easy to navigate once you get a few under your belt and understand the differences between that and a regular course.
A lot of new VIPKid teachers wonder how to tell if the class you were booked for is a Unit Assessment. Simply go to your teaching portal and view the course name – all Unit Assessments take place during the 6th or 12th lesson (last lesson of the unit), and they are all labeled MC (master class) and tagged Assessment. You can’t miss it if you’re looking.
Take some time to go over the slides (there are 50, not 25) to give yourself an idea of how you want to pace yourself to allow for enough time to get through all of the questions (we’ll go over pacing recommendations later in this guide). If you’re teaching the first Unit Assessment, you will need to go over the final project for the course, which will be presented during the second Unit Assessment in lesson 12. This takes some time, so be sure to give yourself enough time at the end to explain it. And of course, if you’re teaching the second assessment, you’ll need time to go over the final project with the student.
It’s also a great idea to get advice from other teachers if you’ve never taught a VIPKid Unit Assessment before or have questions about them. Facebook Group The ESL Corner is a community you can join to get those questions answered by veteran VIPKid teachers.
Teaching Tips for a Unit Assessment
If you book a VIPKid Unit Assessment, there are a few nuances to understand that will make the lesson as painless as possible for both you and your student. Consider this a little cheatsheet to get yourself comfortable with assessments before throwing yourself to the wolves (just kidding, they really aren’t bad).
- You may not have taught the student prior to their Unit Assessment. This is normal.
- You’re not teaching new material, just going over what they’ve learned in the unit so far.
- Consider it an evaluation of how students are understanding the material, not a test.
- Still offer assistance and encouragement throughout the assessment. It’s not a traditional test where they have to do everything all on their own.
- Be prepared to be flexible.
- Some students will not have a final project completed (only for second assessments in lesson 12).
- Some students will not be able to answer questions, even with assistance (it’s rare, but it happens).
- There are 50 slides instead of 25, so you’ll need to pace yourself well (more on that in a minute.)
- You still have to give feedback. In fact, you can do some of it during the actual class.
- Don’t forget to go over the final projects.
How to Explain the UA to Students
Depending on which lesson you’re teaching, there are a few ways to go about this. If you are teaching lesson #5 of a master class, you can present the first Unit Assessment at the end of the course if you have time. Simply explain to the student that in the next lesson, they will go over what they’ve learned in the first five lessons. Then, when you write your parent feedback, you can let the parents know about the assessment.
If you are assigned a Unit Assessment for a student you didn’t have in the previous lesson, simply introduce the class with a quick overview of what is happening. Always keep things light and positive to make sure the student is comfortable.
And in many cases, your students will have already gone through a Unit Assessment, so they will know what to expect. But it’s good to explain it each time so they know what’s coming.
First Unit Assessment – Class #6
The first Unit Assessment will take place during lesson #6 of a master class. You will not teach anything new in this lesson. Instead, you will cover what the student learned in the first five lessons. The assessment includes interactive games for the student to play, which include questions on the course materials.
The first UA is also where you will want to review the unit project, which is due in the second UA. The student will have already been introduced to the project in the last lesson, so this can just be a reminder to be thinking about it if you are strapped for time. When you go to give feedback for this UA, you can go into greater detail about the project.
Students will be given information about final projects in lessons five, six, and eleven, but because time is typically limited during classes, it’s a great idea to leave more details in your parent feedback. The projects are always due in the second assessment during lesson 12, so they will need to do it as homework.
Lower level students do not always understand their teachers when projects are explained in class, so by providing parents with more detail in the feedback, you increase the chances it will actually get done.
Here is an example of Unit Assessment feedback that goes over the project:
At the end of the unit assessment, I reviewed with Boa Boa the three project options for his Unit Twelve Assessment. It is important that he chooses one option and completes it before his Unit Twelve Assessment as homework. His teacher will ask him to present his project at the beginning of the Unit Twelve Assessment. If he does not have his project completed, he will lose points on his assessment.
Here are the three project options:
Option 1: Look at My Family – Find your family photo album. Show photos of all the people in your family.
Option 2: Draw My Family – Draw your mom, dad, grandma, and grandpa. Introduce your family to your teacher.
Option 3: My Bedroom – Take a picture of your bedroom. Tell your teacher the things in your bedroom by pointing at the picture.
The three project options are also described in Bao Bao’s workbook. Please help him choose one project to complete.
Second Unit Assessment – Class #12
The second UA is similar to the first, but it includes questions and activities on the entire unit, not just the second half. There is also time for students to go over their unit projects, which is a fun chance for them to share about themselves and show you what skills they have developed.
There will be students who don’t end up completing their final projects. If this happens, don’t panic! You can and should still go through the project with them in class. Have them choose one of the project options if they haven’t already, and guide them through the prompt. If the prompt requires them to take a photo or find a physical object, you can improve here because there won’t be time for them to leave and come back. For instance, if the project asks the student to show a photo of their family from a photo album, you can ask them to draw the family and/or simply tell you about each family member.
By going through the project in class, you can still give them points for it when you go to score them.
No Show Procedure Unit Assessment
Sometimes, you will have a Unit Assessment scheduled with a student who does not make it to the class. In this case, stay in class for 15 minutes, and if they still don’t show up, you are free to leave. You can leave the feedback empty and take a screenshot to prove that the student did not show up so if there are any issues, you can show VIPKid support.
VIPKid Unit Assessment Feedback & Scoring
Feedback for VIPKid Unit Assessments is different from regular class feedback because you are required to fill out a form that grades the student on the questions they answer during the assessment. This form can be found in your teacher portal on the VIPKid app, and you can fill it out during the assessment or immediately following. If you can get comfortable with doing it during the lesson, it’ll save you some time. It’s two points per question and four points per project.
Written Assessment Feedback
Just like the feedback you submit for regular classes, you will write unique feedback for assessments after the class. You’ll want to note what was covered, what went well, and how the student can improve. If you have a FeedbackPanda account, you can do this part of the feedback when you go to create feedback for your other classes. There are hundreds of Unit Assessment templates in our cloud to make this super easy.
UA feedback is also a great place to outline the final project if you’ve just done the lesson six assessment. By including details for the parents about the project, it greatly increases the chances of the student actually completing the project and being prepared for the lesson 12 unit assessment, which is when they will go over the project.
It’s very important to be as positive and encouraging during the assessment and in your feedback as possible. Discouraging them will not help them learn any better or want to continue. Plus, it helps increase your VIPKid bookings if the student has a positive experience with you.
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