The counters of success

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The counters of success is a positive assessment tool for dictations. It was created by two teachers and colleagues for students in Primary school and Secondary School

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Why did you create The counters of success?

Rather than punishing spelling errors in dictations, we sought to create a tool to help teachers positively evaluate student success. The words correctly written here are valued by assigning a percentage of success to each dictation. The counters of success are above all a visual tool for the student, especially in Junior school where he is not yet familiar with the concept of percentage and in Infant school where it is under construction.

Would not a calculator do the trick?

The percentage of success can be easily calculated using this formula: Percentage of success = ((Total number of words?–?number of student errors) / Total number of words) x 100. Doing this calculation at each dictation and for each student can discourage the teacher. It can also be noted that a young student has difficulty making sense of a measure expressed as a percentage and that a visual helps to interpret it.

Compteur pour dictée de 14 mots

Compteur pour dictée de 42 mots

Above, with his 39 correctly written words in a dictation of 42 words, this student can read his beautiful 93% success!

Why calculate the percentage of success in dictation?

The pass percentage is used to assess the progress of the student throughout the school year. Indeed, making 7 errors in a dictation of 35 words and 7 errors in a dictation of 105 words is difficult to compare. If we calculate that the student has had 80% success in the first and 94% success in the second, we reduce the two assessments to a common benchmark.

Is calculating the percentage of success in dictation sufficient to advance students?

In order to make the students progress, it seems important to us to combine two assessments. The first is the positive assessment, of a “quantitative” nature, corresponding to the percentage of correctly written words that counters can find. The second is a “qualitative” assessment that the teacher makes to correct the dictation by using a coding of the nature of the mistakes made by the student.

How to articulate the two assessments with the students?

These two assessments provide students with benchmarks for learning goals. For example, to reach 100% success, a student can identify that he must watch for agreements in the nominal group and pay attention to grammatical homophones. For this student, the teacher can then use different spelling activities in future sessions or in his work plan.

Would use The counters of success allow mathematics to be done?

Yes, this tool clearly participates in mathematical learning! It relies on data processing in relation to the percentage rate and the geometric properties of proportionality.

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Series 1

66 counters for dictations from 5 to 70 words

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ISBN : 978-2-9565492-6_0
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Series 2

60 counters for dictations from 71 to 130 words

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ISBN : 978-2-9565492-8-4
74 pages
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Series 3

30 counters for dictations from 131 to 160 words

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ISBN : 978-2-9565492-7-7
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