Buzz About Portfolios- WHY A BIG DEAL?

October 23, 2008 at 8:49 pm (Uncategorized)

 

Thank God I’m not teaching in a portfolio driven area (intermediate).  When teaching in the primary grades, less stress is placed on the portfolio itself.  However, much thought and time is placed in each portfolio piece in order to see exactly what each child can master.  I’ve never understand the true “Big Deal” with portfolios and why it plays such an important role on the intermediate grades.  It all boils down to state mandates and what MUST be done.  I heard a lady today speak about being inspired to one day see the “T” put back in Teaching verses the “T” for testing.  If more emphasis were placed on student achievement and what they actually can do independently instead of the test, results would be more accurate.  That’s the challenge we face as educators each day. 

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