The Power of PortfoliosBeth Marshall & Carolyn KleinertSpotsylvania County Schoolsbmarshall@firstname.lastname@example.org
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Objectives of “Power of Portfolios” What is a Portfolio? Why portfolios are useful and worth the effort in a in 21st Century WL classroom? How to logistically use portfolios in your classroom? How are portfolios assessed? How to promote World Language programs and the learning of your students through portfolios
What is a portfolio?• When you hear the “portfolio” what comes to your mind?
What is a World LanguagePortfolio?• A World Language Portfolio is a collection of student-selected artifacts and reflections on the chosen work that demonstrate his/her growth in the language. Learning in each of the four modalities (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and culture is demonstrated.
What is a portfolio NOT?• NOT a scrapbook• NOT a collection of every activity done throughout the year• NOT just the work• NOT dictated by the teacher for what is included• NOT just graded assignments• NOT just assignments that earned a „good grade on‟
What is included in a WL Portfolio?• Artifacts • Student selected work • authentic assessments are best! • Among the artifacts included each selection period, each modality and culture is covered• Reflections • Reflections on each artifact included • Overall reflection on the quarter
Authentic Assessment Advantages Challenges Focuses on analytical skills and the Time-intensive to manage, monitor, and integration of knowledge coordinate Promotes creativity Difficult to coordinate with mandatory educational standards Reflection of real-world skills and Challenging to provide consistent grading knowledge scheme Encourages collaborative work Subjective nature of grading may lead to bias Enhances written and oral presentation Unique nature may be unfamiliar to skills studentsDirect match of assessment, instructional Challenging to develop for various types activities, and learning objectives of courses and ranges of objectives Emphasizes integration of learning over May not be practical for large enrollment time courses
Goals of Authentic Assessment:• Enhances the development of real-world skills• Encourages higher order cognitive skills (analysis,synthesis, evaluation)• Promotes active construction of creative, novelideas and responses• Encourages emphasis on both the process andproduct of learning• Promotes the integration of a variety of relatedskills into a holistic project• Enhances students‟ ability to self-assess their ownwork and performance
SPOTLIGHT ON YOU: SHARE A SUCCESS! Share an authentic assessment that you have used with your students • What type learning does it show? • How did you assess this? • Management Tips or • Challenges that you experienced•
“A PORTFOLIO REFLECTS THE VOICE OF THE STUDENT”
Why are Portfolios worth the effort? • Aligned with 21st Century WL skills • SHOWS students and others growth and progress in a concrete and meaningful way • Through the process students grow in: • Creativity and Innovation • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving • Communication and Collaboration • Information, Media and Technology
Why are Portfolios useful?• Puts ownership of learning back in hands of student • Allows student to really see what they are great at and what still needs work• Forces teacher to be more self-reflective• Promotes balanced and inclusive instruction, even for more difficult to assess modalities• 21st Century Skills-> transferable outside WL classroom are built & developed
•HOW TO LOGISTICALLY USE THEM IN YOUR CLASSROOM
Introducing this to students:• What is a portfolio?• Examples of work to go in portfolios• Examples of portfolios• Clear expectations & check points throughout the quarter• Deadlines/checklists• Lots of enthusiasm!
• Introducing this to parents…• Parent letter of introduction to promote “buy in”.• Useful during parent conferences with students• “My child doesn‟t speak to me at home in French”• “I had no idea that he was doing this in class this year”.• GREAT communication tool!
Time Management and Ongoinguse of portfolios throughout the year!• Brain Dump Activity• Choosing work• Reflecting on the work• Making sure all work is digitally ready
Rubrics are used by students to self- evaluate Self-assessment and editing shows high metacognition!
OTHER METHODS OFEVALUATION:• Peer evaluations• Student/teacher conferences• Parent/teacher conferences *The assessment is NOT gradingthis work again!)
•HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR PROGRAM AND THE AMAZING LEARNING HAPPENING IN YOUR CLASSROOM! AND….
•HOW TO EARN STUDENT,PARENT, COLLEAGUE, ANDADMINISTRATION BUY-IN!?
• STUDENT BUY-IN: • Clarity of what a portfolio CAN be AND a clear direction of where you can go! • Have a variety of AUTHENTIC assessments to choose from quarterly.• PARENT BUY-IN: • Introductory letters • Use of the portfolios in conferences (or a take-home conference form) • “Portfolio Showcase Night”
•Have a parent/student “portfoliocelebration” at the end of the year!
• Some quotes from the evening included:• “ I didn‟t realize how much my child had learned this year in Spanish!”• “Fred never talks in French at home. It was great to be able to hear him and see how much he had improved over the past two years. Merci, Madame!”• “Viewing my daughter‟s portfolio showed her hard work, determination, and enthusiasm for Spanish.”
COLLEAGUE AND ADMINISTRATIVE BUY-IN:• Having colleague “buy-in” by showing energy for what you are doing, and they will follow! Invite them to see the portfolios in process in the classroom• Share parent comments• It also helps to have your WL “head” on board!
Thank you!Please do not hesitate to contact us to share0 your successes and to ask questions. Beth Marshall email@example.comCarolyn Kleinert firstname.lastname@example.org Yiippppeee!!! There are going to be some Did you hear? AWESOME What? WL portfolios!