Getting Around

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Online Teaching Portfolio

It's finished! My online portfolio is finally complete. I sweated over the paper one (which is also finished, but hard to blog about) and then I sweated over the online one. What's exciting to me about the one online is that I can keep it up to date much more easily than I can the paper one.

What to see it? Drumroll, please......Patti's Teaching Portfolio!

I used Weebly to create the portfolio. It has its limitations, but it's got enough easy stuff to make a decent site. I did get a little frustrated toward the end with some of the restrictions of the template I chose, but I couldn't find another that I liked as well as mine. Let me know what you think.

Oh, and that weird picture is gak placed on top of a small sideways crate. Aren't you glad you wondered?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook

Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook, by Aimee Buckner, is another book that I'll buy depending on what grade level I'm hired to teach. It gives solid advice about using notebooks and teaching students how to use them. There are plenty of sample lessons to get you started. I'm not completely sure about her assessment, but that's mostly from observing a classroom that did something similar and it didn't go well. But, if you're combining this with CAFE then I think you could come up with a way to figure out how to have more concrete assessment on the writing end (CAFE is for reading, but I think similar assessment principles apply).

I really do believe in the value of the writer's and reader's notebooks, but I'm still a little shaky on implementing them. Specifically, if a parent asks me how his or her student is doing in reading, I want to be able to give a coherent answer with concrete details. I think this book will help me move in the right direction.