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By Emmet Rosenfeld — November 05, 2006 1 min read

Oops. In obsessively writing 714 posts about Entry Four, I forgot to mention the other three entries that comprise the portfolio, each weighted at 16 percent of the total score (Entry Four is weighted at only 12 percent; the six assessment center exercises at the end are each 6.67 or a whopping 40 percent of the total). Here’s a quick overview (remember, the standards are specific to my certification area, Early Adolescence English Language Arts).

Entry One
Analysis of Student Growth in Reading and Writing

In thirteen pages or fewer, analyze four responses-- two reading assignments and two writing assignments-- from two different students. Include your “prompt,” their work, and the rubric or scoring criteria.

Assesses the following eight standards: I. Knowledge of Students; II. Knowledge of the Field; VI. Instructional Resources; VII. Instructional Decision Making; VIII. Reading; IX. Writing; XIII. Assessment; XIV. Self-Reflection.

Entry Two
Instructional Analysis: Whole Class Discussion

Video fifteen uninterrupted minutes of animated talk about an important topic, text or concept. Include up to eleven pages of commentary and no more than three pages of instructional materials (handouts, transparencies, an excerpt of what you’re reading?).

Assesses the following ten standards: I. Knowledge of Students; II. Knowledge of the Field; III. Engagement; IV. Learning Environment; V. Equity, Fairness, and Diversity; VI. Instructional Resources; VII. Instructional Decision Making; X. Speaking, Listening, and Viewing; XII. Integrated Instruction; XIV. Self-Reflection.

Entry Three
Instructional Analysis: Small Groups

Same as Entry Two above, except that instead of you and the class talking about something all together, the kids are working in groups of, for example, four or five students. The video should catch you moving about the room interacting with several groups briefly in this format.

Assesses the following ten standards (also the same as Entry Two): I. Knowledge of Students; II. Knowledge of the Field; III. Engagement; IV. Learning Environment; V. Equity, Fairness, and Diversity; VI. Instructional Resources; VII. Instructional Decision Making; X. Speaking, Listening, and Viewing; XII. Integrated Instruction; XIV. Self-Reflection.

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