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CEdo555 Last F2F Class 2/28/2012 John M. Sklar, Instructor

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Angel Facts…

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Details… Details… I have looked at everything. If you need me to change something or look at something again. You have ‘til Thursday at midnight. I will turn the grades in on Friday. Questions…

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You need to do two things. On Angel there is a link to the course evaluation… Please fill this out ASAP. It is how I improve classes and delivery so it is really important to me. (If you did it already don’t fear, I won’t get any better) If you have program or course questions or comments, good or bad, please send them to me after Friday. Actually, you can send good ones right away, save the bad ones for later.

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Your Portfolios… They are excellent Easy to use Most seem remarkably complete I saw the same, group, projects as artifacts many times, which might mean you felt ownership in the project. Very professional and polished.

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And Now….

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Using Portfolios in the Classroom… The Student Folder Revised for the Web…

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History A long time ago, in a school far, far away there was infinite money, personel and time for planning a creativity. In my school, each teacher had 2 full planning periods a day and… You won’t believe this… A personal aide to help with administrative tasks. She actually did whatever I needed to have done.

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History A long time ago, in a school far, far away there was infinite money, personel and time for planning a creativity. In my school, each teacher had 2 full planning periods a day and… You won’t believe this… A personal aide to help with administrative tasks. She actually did whatever I needed to have done.

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You don’t believe me do you… I had her create a file folder for each kid… Every time I would grade a paper, test, etc. I would hand it back to the kids, then collect them and she would carefully file them in order in each kid’s folder. Parent conference? NO problem, I have Billy’s work right here, you can see how his work looks and you can see his progress.

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Did it work? After the first conference round, I saw a marked improvement in neatness, promptness and overall performance. After the second round of conferences, students pleaded to do an assignment over and not let the “bad” one make it to the folder.

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Why? School is a black hole! Most parents send their kids and after a few years they monitor that homework is done but they seldom look at it. Most lockers in middle schools are filled with old assignments that the teacher carefully handed back… but they never went home. I’ve seen some old sandwiches too.

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Reason? Most teachers don’t require a parent signature unless the work is awful and even then, sometimes even the best of us can’t recognize a false signature. With bigger classes, less planning time and less personnel to accomplish important task, this kind of student documentation and performance monitor is often lost.

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Please… Don’t take this as condemnation… Teaching is hard work It is getting harder Most of the time accountability doesn’t actually mean communication with kids and parents Parents a stressed too. The system does not make for clear and meaningful communications

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Folders… My grandsons both bring folders home each day with announcements and homework. It is carefully monitored between piano, religious education, three little siblings, dinner and playtime. The older on is a great kid but… if he was tricky, he could take out what he didn’t want mom to see… and she would probably be no wiser. The younger one wouldn’t dare.

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Web post… A web post of the homework, important flyers and a general heads up about what is going on in school would be great… Some schools do this but parents still have to be sophisticated enough to monitor and respond to this daily flow of information from the school. If you could get your parents to read your blog….

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There is something you can do… An e-portfolio can at least address some quality and performance issues in the modern school… Now you are prepared to do it.

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First… You need permission… Your school district might have a strict policy on posting student work on the web. In fact you might have to make these private websites that only the parents, kids and you can see. You may not have a useable platform in your district… Do they block G0ogle sites? I think this might be a fluid situation….

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Let’s pretend I once consulted in a school that was doing a major remodel. I told them to leave the clips off the doors because attendance would be electronic over a computer. They laughed. Anything is possible!

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Continuing Authentic Assessment The classroom portfolio, especially if it is viewable by parents. Can be a way to show parents exactly how Billy is doing in his class. It could really be a place for proud students to display their best work and impress their parents and grandparents.

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Continuing Authentic Assessment This might be a great idea at upper grades where the work is already electronic, and increasingly in the “clouds.” What about third or fourth grade where the work is on paper… Maybe this would encourage the use of multimedia, Web 2.0 apps in school

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A Cheap Digital Camera An inexpensive digital camera or phone can easily document a child’s work and make it uploadable too. Hand-held with a cheap Point-and-shoot camera. She’s 4, and brilliant!

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Assuming the best… Assuming the work is electronic. Assuming you have permission. Assuming you have the place to put the e-portfolios. Assuming you have the time to add this to your curriculum, without sacrificing content. (I think you can skip long division but that’s just a bias of mine.)

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Then You Might include… Samples of written work Student journals Classroom projects Teacher anecdotal notes that may identify student learning styles or behaviors Videotapes or audio cassettes of student learning Student drawings or paintings Self-assessments Read more at Suite101: http://www.suite101.com/content/how-to-use-portfolios-in-the-classroom-a184532#ixzz1Ce3RLYAP

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Shatton Claybrooks http://www.suite101.com/content/how-to-use-portfolios-in-the-classroom-a184532 Wrote an article, on the web, and made several interesting observations. This process is difficult, worthwhile and useful. She suggests avoiding the trap of saving everything… She describes the long term effects as win-win.

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Susan Dreschel from Ehow http://www.ehow.com/how_5841394_teach-plan-portfolio-classroom-management.html Suggests six instructions….

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Develop a set of portfolio objectives and decide what the outcomes will need to be. This includes the projects, the end-products, strategies students will work with, skills gleaned and the overall experiences that students will have. Consider the content area skills and concepts students need to learn along the way and work them into objectives. Begin each objective with "students will be able to..."

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Develop more than one seating plan. Most portfolio projects require group work and lots of peer-to-peer interaction. Therefore you'll need to be able to accommodate grouping, buddy work and whole class student sessions.

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Teach students how to conduct themselves and interact socially within each setting. Develop a set of cooperative learning skills and speaking protocols such as, "when giving feedback to your peer, always say what you liked first." Or using "I" statements to express what they need from a peer or what they heard when listening.

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Develop generic rubrics to use when evaluating portfolio projects. One is for students to evaluate themselves with, one is for students to evaluate each other with and one is for the teacher. You can also design a rubric with three sections on it, with one for student, peer, and teacher. Include such basic areas as thoroughness, overall understanding, accuracy, mastery of core content and diversity of ideas expressed.

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Keep the evaluation criteria general and adjust it for each project. For example, keep some criteria areas shaded in gray to be filled in with skills, behaviors and concepts specific to the certain content area the product supports. Rubricain.com is a useful site that offers free creation of rubrics.

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Develop a checklist for students to use when making selections for inclusion in their portfolios. Involve the students in this development. Ask them what they would need to consider when deciding what their best work is and what constitutes quality work. Once this list is developed, have students use it routinely when deciding what projects, or pieces of projects, to include in their portfolios.

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If you get that far… If you should get that far in doing portfolios with your students… remember, that’s what I’m doing… Keep a few things in mind… What is important is the content. Not only what is included, but why? Student reflection is the key to a good, or great portfolio experience.

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Student selection... of content and a lot of self evaluation might make this a great activity for students. Keeping it from year to year might be another plus.

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Why not student blog or wiki Works for me, but what about the privacy and publication issues… If you can deal with them any of these web 2.0 would work. CMS systems will eventually incorporate all of this right in a package that you can buy… I’ll bet some already do.

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I think this is what the future will look like…

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Remember… On Angel there is a link to the course evaluation… Please fill this out ASAP. It is how I improve classes and delivery so it is really important to me.

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Take a deep breath… Pat yourselves on the back. You did a great job… Reward yourself and family if you can. This seemed to be a mountain and now that you are at the top you can see that you had the skills and expertise you needed to do this. And you did great!

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Remember… Your students often feel overwhelmed when they see an assignment. Think about that as you work with them. Even the most difficult or complicated tasks have to be done one step at a time. This has taken on increased meaning with my TKR.. One step at a time.

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Thanks for the patience and hard work…

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