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Lesson Plans


portfolios

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Sears, Ellen (ESears.ky.us)
Tue, 04 Jun 96 10:04:00 PDT


Background:
In Kentucky students have been required to have a state assessed portfolio
for Math and Writing in grades 5 and 8 - (also in high school but I haven't
worked with that age.) Writing has progressed nicely - but math has had a
hard time.
Basically - many math teachers are having a hard time changing from the
'traditional' math classroom, to a more hands-on/investigation/discovery
classroom. Also, the amount of time conferencing, editing and scoring the
portfolios is a drain on many teachers. (Mostly scoring) As it stands now,
the math portfolio is on hold for a year while problems are addressed.
Ideas from teachers include scoring each piece individually, assigning point
value to certain items, cutting back on the number of pieces required (they
only have to turn in 5-7 now)...
I teach both art and math (usually middle school math) and have for 15
years. I have been a great supporter of the math portfolios - but change is
hard for many of the teachers.

What I'm asking:
I'm not sure... what words of encouragement/support can I forward to them?
How can some of your assessment stategies be implemented in their classroom
to make the change easier? To say the least, I am in the minority and they
are probably tired of hearing from me directly... but I really want to see
the portfolios survive.

Thanks,
Elen Sears
Anchorage, Kentucky