Engaging Students in Performance Assessment and Reflective Learning

1.) Digital Teaching Portfolio - A collection of educational and professional materials stored in an electronic format. It serves as an organized collection of materials that shows a teacher's growth and development over time.

* Teacher portfolios follow patterns established in other fields. Teachers design their teaching portfolios in many different and creative ways, but most collections include certain elements that documents one's academics, teaching, talents, and accomplishments.

Reflection: This is something I look forward to learning more about because it seems like a useful tool when it comes to determining which teachers are good and keep track of what goes on in their classrooms. It also seems like an easy way to stay organized in the classroom as well.

2.) Democratic schools and classrooms - Places where students and teachers together make substantive decisions about important aspects of educational operations, from the academic curriculum to school climate and rules.

* The movement for democratic schools and classrooms seeks to increase the involvement of students in educational decision-making and academic learning. Student engagement in decisions about learning is not the same as student control of these decisions.

Reflection: I am interested in this because this is how I want to have my classroom set up when I have one. I want my future students to be able to have a voice in the classroom while at the same time not completely gaining the control of the authority in the class, which will still rest with the teacher a.k.a. me. I would like to learn more about this and how to make sure this is how my classroom will function in the future.

3.) Student Participation Systems (Classroom Response Systems/Student Response Systems) - Handheld wireless tools that offer interactive learning options for teachers and students. Create real-time electronic exchanges between students and teacher.

* Student participation systems make class answers to teacher questions an integral part of an instructional lesson. Students can submit answers to online assessments/questions/activities by pressing a button on a clicker device that is slightly smaller than a TV remote.

Reflection: This is something I want to learn more about because I have used this before in my classrooms during my years in high school. It was becoming more and more popular by the time I graduated high school. I have heard from my little brother, who is currently in high school, that this is a method becoming more and more popular in his classes. This, to me, seems like an excellent way to get students more involved with lessons. Another reason why I want to learn more about this so that I can learn different ways to incorporate this into my future classroom. I want to find different ways, other than using clickers, to implement student participation systems. Class dojo is one that I have an interest in and I am hoping to find others as well.

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