Create a Literacy Practices Portfolio
If you are taking this workshop for credit, the final project begins here. As you complete each session, you will be putting together a portfolio of ideas and strategies to enhance your practice. When you have finished, save your written summary to submit as an assignment. Your portfolio for this workshop will include the following:
- current practices in place in your classroom
- changes you would like to make
- a description of one change you have implemented
- evidence of student learning
Use the questions below to guide your thinking as you document your current practices, as well as changes you would like to make.
1. Current practices
Include your written response from What Do You Do? Also, describe the current organization of your classroom.
- How inviting and attractive is your classroom?
- How are the desks organized?
- Do you have a clearly defined reading center?
- How is it organized?
- Describe your classroom library. How many books are in the library? How are they organized? Do they offer diversity for all students?
- How and when do children access books?
- What are your wall displays? How do they help children "get their work done"? Do children have ownership of the material? Are children accessing the information?
- Do you have a clearly defined writing center?
- How is it organized?
- How do children access materials?
- What is on the walls? How does it help children "get their work done"? Do children have ownership of the material? Are children accessing the information?
- What are the routines that are in place in your classroom?
- before-school work
- reading routines
- writing routines
- when a student needs help
- Describe the grouping practices that you use.
- How do you group students?
- What decisions do you make when grouping students?
2. Changes you would like to make
Include your written response from What Did You Learn? Then:
- List several changes to the organization of your classroom that would promote student learning.
- List several routines you would like to initiate or change and why.
- List several grouping practices that you are considering changing.
3. One change you have implemented
a. Make a change
Choose one instructional change from your list that you will implement now. What is your thinking behind making this change? Describe the change in detail and explain how it will be implemented (e.g., an instructional practice, a lesson plan, a plan for modeling a strategy, etc.). What are the expected outcomes for student learning?
b. Reflect on the change
Write a brief reflection about what worked when you implemented this change and what you will change the next time you teach this lesson. (If you are taking this workshop during the summer, describe the learning goals and expected outcomes of this change.)
4. Evidence of student learning
In this section of your portfolio, you will include samples of student work that reflect the changes you made. How did the students become better readers, writers, thinkers, and communicators as a result of the change you made? You may want to include some of the following pieces of evidence:
- a photograph
- student writing
- a student reflection
- a student response to reading
- notes from a teacher-student reading and/or writing conference
- evidence of a classroom context that "mimics the real world context"
- samples of chart or other wall displays co-constructed with students