Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Session 3

Before You Watch

Analyze the Video

Extend Your Knowledge

Put It Into Practice

Reflect on Your Learning

What Did You Learn?

Create a Literacy Practices Portfolio

Building Comprehension.

Create a Literacy Practices Portfolio


If you are taking this workshop for credit, continue constructing your portfolio of instructional practices. 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

1. Current practices

Include the Components of Comprehension Instruction Chart that you started in Session Preparation. You will complete it below.

2. Changes you would like to make

Include your written response from What Did You Learn? Then, return to the Components of Comprehension Instruction Chart. Complete column 4, noting any changes you would like to make in your instructional practices for each of the components. You may want to change or add more than one instructional practice to each component.

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 demonstrating student learning. Explain how students exhibited better comprehension as a result of your instruction. Listed below are possible pieces of evidence:

  • a journal entry
  • a student reflection
  • a student response to reading
  • notes from a teacher-student reading conference
  • notes from a student think-aloud
  • observational notes from a book discussion
  • a video tape of a book discussion
  • an audio tape of a discussion group
  • evidence of student engagement through an authentic activity

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