Usually when a teacher assigns a test, the common reactions we get from students are sighs, questions and even complaints.
This week when I assigned a reading test to one of my classes, none of that occurred. As a matter of fact, it was quite the opposite. One of the students turned to a new student who has recently joined our class and said: now you also get to use the iPods!
There was a clear sense of pride and excitement in that student’s speech.
I realized that the iPods have reframed the way these students view their reading tests. It is no longer a stressful event but rather a unique opportunity to “show off” their reading skill in a fun and exciting way.