Create a Literacy Practices Portfolio
If you are taking this workshop for credit, continue constructing your portfolio of instructional practices. When you have finished, save your written work to submit as an assignment. Your portfolio for this workshop will include the following five items:
- 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
1. Current practices
Include your written response from What Do You Do? Then, think about your present literacy instruction and how you integrate technology into your instruction. Write the answers to these questions:
- How do you use the Internet or other technology to teach the following subjects?
- social studies
- social skills
- How do you use technology to communicate with students, parents, and colleagues?
- What Internet resources do you use in lesson preparation?
- What Internet resources do you provide for students to reinforce skills and strategies?
- How do you share Internet resources with colleagues?
- How do you teach your students to locate information on the Internet?
- How do you teach your students to evaluate Internet information?
- How do you ensure that your students are safe on the Internet?
2. Changes you would like to make
Include your written response from What Did You Learn?
3. One change you have implemented
a. Make a change
Choose one instructional change that you described in What Did You Learn? to 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? Design a lesson plan and implement this change.
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 submit evidence documenting student learning. Select one student and describe his/her performance in using the Internet effectively. What did you do to scaffold instruction for this student? Include two to three performance samples and documentation of the support provided for each. How will you continue to scaffold this student's Internet use? Listed below are possible pieces of evidence:
- student performance samples
- anecdotal records of student performance
- evidence of Web site use
- evidence of learning from Webquest or Internet Inquiry