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Portfolio assessment is an innovative form of alternative assessment that allows teachers to see the academic progress and accomplishments made by a student over time. Portfolios also provide students with the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned over the course of a semester or a year. When used appropriately, portfolios can be an excellent component of your overall assessment plan. This week we present five critical steps to help students and teachers begin the portfolio process.


It's easy for busy teachers to get bogged down in day-to-day tasks. And that doesn't leave much time for you to get reinvigorated about your teaching. Sometimes it's hard to even know where to begin when you're facing the burnout factor. Try one of this week's tips to give yourself and your teaching a much-needed shot in the arm.


chool-to-work programs ensure all students a smooth transition from high school to work, college, and/or military training. A typical school-to-work program includes school-based learning, work-based learning, and connecting activities in middle and high school. This week, we look at a variety of ways of promoting school-to-work activities in your classroom.


A professional portfolio creates a unique glimpse into the cumulative interactions a teacher creates with students. Portfolios showcase the teacherís use of planning, strategies, content, and learning activities to foster student progress in learning. This week, we provide simple suggestions to help create a dynamic professional portfolio.


Fair evaluation of subjective work is an issue faced by many classroom teachers. Rubrics offer an equitable manner in which to apply objective standards to seemingly subjective assignments. This week, we offer tips dealing with the definition, purpose, and types of rubrics.


Planning ahead and being well-organized are two vital steps toward making a teacher's hectic schedule manageable. This week's tips focus on ways to save time in the classroom and keep your classroom organized and running smoothly.


Increasingly, new electronic technologies such as digital video and the Web are being used for student projects. These technologies also lend themselves to the documentation of student progress in the form of digital portfolios. This week, we examine issues to consider when using digital portfolios in the classroom.



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This handout can be used throughout the portfolio collection period to get students to think about the items they want to include in their portfolios. It also provides a space for teachers to write feedback about those items selected.


This diagramming handout can be used to help students visually organize concepts and facts that relate to a central theme or topic.


This Grant Writing Primer is packed with tips that are critical to any successful grant writer. It is designed for both the novice and experienced writer.


Use this convenient template to record information that will make any substitute teacher's experience in your classroom a little easier.


This activity will help students determine the types of skills they enjoy using in hobbies, work and other activities.


Raise students' awareness of career choices by having them complete this career categorization activity. Students will learn what occupations are available in a wide variety of fields.


This activity will lead students through three important steps involving envisioning and researching their ideal job.


This activity helps students learn how to develop a competitive resume.


Use this Content and Skills Planner to incorporate skills into unit lesson plans. Include several levels of instructional plans in your professional portfolio to show your ability to develop both short and long-term goals.


This sample rubric is designed for a ninth grade writing assessment. It clearly shows one way of designing a rubric that is easily used and can be shared with students.


This list suggests the types of materials teachers may want to include in a professional teaching portfolio.



Feature Articles

This article, the first in a two-part series on Performance Assessment, takes an in-depth look at what performance assessment actually is, and what performance activities allow teachers to observe.
In Part Two, we will provide details about creating and implementing performance tasks in the classroom.


In the first article in this series, we defined some of the characteristics of performance assessment. This month, we examine ways for you to successfully implement performance assessments into your classroom.








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