The Power of Portfolios: What Children Can Teach Us About Learning and Assessment / Edition 1

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Overview

How should a student's learning be measured and assessed? Standardized tests identify the most knowledgeable child, whereas student portfolios can identify the knowledge level of each individual child. In The Power of Portfolios, Elizabeth A. Hebert offers a practical and imaginative approach for using portfolios with elementary level students and shows how the portfolio process can serve as a powerful motivational tool by encouraging students to assess their own work, set goals, and take responsibility for future learning. Throughout the book Hebert relates stories that illuminate the lessons learned — by the students, teachers, and principal — from a school that has used portfolios for more than a decade. Rather than prescribing what the portfolio should contain and how it should be assessed, she offers practical guidance, including classroom exercises, for making the portfolio experience a success for the students, the teachers, and the school as a whole.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787958718
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/27/2001
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Education Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,227,820
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

ELIZABETH A. HEBERT is the principal of Crow Island School in Winnetka, Illinois. She has lectured and written extensively on the topics of student portfolios, school architecture, inclusion of special needs children in the classroom, and school leadership.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Lesson 1 Children Can Assess Their Own Learning 1
Lesson 2 Children Learn All the Time 11
Lesson 3 Teachers Learn All the Time, Too 23
Lesson 4 Getting Clear on Portfolio Purpose, Ownership, and Content 39
Lesson 5 Portfolios Encourage Children to Think About Their Learning 51
Lesson 6 Portfolios Respond to the Individual Needs of Students 63
Lesson 7 Designating a Space and Place for Gathering Memories 75
Lesson 8 A Celebration Connects Child, Portfolio, and Audience 85
Lesson 9 Teaching Parents How to Be Part of the Portfolio Conference 99
Lesson 10 Listening for Children's Meaning 111
Lesson 11 Creating a Language for Portfolios 121
Conclusion: Lessons Learned About Portfolios 131
Appendix Philosophy of the Winnetka Public Schools 135
The Author 142
Bibliography 143
Index 149
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