Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Using a Dictionary & Other Tools

The Head Monkey from Canada posted this as a comment, but I thought maybe it should be posted.

Okay, Ohio Monkeys, how about this one?? I just gave my Canadian Monkeys a vocabulary test today to see where their strengths and weakness are (Gates-MacGinitie). Should I have let them use a dictionary???

To add to this thought, when is it OK to use all of the tools available? When should students show what they know without the help of tools like dictionaries, thesaurus, word processing and other technology, peer help, teacher help . . .?

5 comments:

Christian W said...

Well Head Monkey, I think that you probably should have let your students try the dictionary, but I wouldn't have let them use it on all the tests. If someone really struggle with the vocabulary test I would let the use it for a while, but about half way into the year I would give them another test without the dictionary.

Christian Stewart said...

I would've let them use the dictionary only on ones you think that would be hard for them to answer

Amber said...

Dear Head Monkey, I think you should have let the children who struggle in English/Language Arts use the dictionary. You should have also let them use a Thesaurus, maybe.

Head Monkey said...

Hey everyone! I wanted to add something here - this vocabulary test is used to determine where students strengths and weaknesses are and to see which children need extra help. (It does not count for marks.) We also use it to show how much the students have improved throughout the year. Just wanted to tell you the purpose of the test.

taylor steele said...

well Head Monkey,I woulden't let them use a dictionary if you wanted to see what their strengths and weaknesses because they would use the dictionary for every question.But if you diden't want to see their strengths and weaknesses then I probley would of let them use one to see how good they can use a dictionary.