Capturing the Wisdom of Practice: Professional Portfolios by Giselle O. Martin-Kniep

By Giselle O. Martin-Kniep

What do specialist portfolios encompass? who're their audiences? Why should still lecturers and directors use them? How are they dependent? In "Capturing the knowledge of Practice," Giselle Martin-Kniep solutions those and different questions, drawing on her paintings with greater than 3,000 academics and directors from four hundred university districts. via excerpts from real portfolios, Martin-Kniep illustrates easy methods to decide upon a number of artifacts that may lead portfolio builders to judge and increase their paintings. She additionally discusses utilizing portfolios for key reasons: studying, curriculum improvement and overview, learn, and employees improvement. Readers will locate many functional suggestions for construction and utilizing portfolios and research what stipulations are wanted for fulfillment. "I am totally convinced," says Martin-Kniep, "that each expert who makes use of portfolios in a major approach turns into a greater instructor or administrator."

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The work of Stiggins and O’Flahavan increased my knowledge base on the teaching of spelling, word study, and phonics. Developing an inservice program on spelling has been a growth experience as well. TQM [Total Quality Management] training has helped put many of my learnings into a new framework with an emphasis on data-driven decision making and customer requirements. I really feel the teacher is the key agent in reform. Sharing data with teachers and providing opportunities for self-reflection will be instrumental in establishing classroom environments where the A true learner is very aware of the ideas, people, and events that have shaped their learning and belief system.

For example, students would write (after reading two to three books on a topic of interest) either a response or a persuasive piece to an audience who would find their insights relevant. Following are some excerpts from my response to Diana’s portfolio questions: What you have included does resemble a map and could serve as a foundation for future work. You could enhance it by listing all your outcomes and indicators and then coding what you have included each month according to the outcomes addressed.

What do you now understand about curriculum integration that you didn’t know before? Rosemary Paulson, a kindergarten teacher in Levittown, New York, recorded an entry in her journal in response to the prompts: • What do you now understand about authentic assessment? • What can you do with that understanding? Her entry shows how she has internalized certain concepts about assessment and decided on the changes she needs to make in her practice: After tonight’s class, I understand several factors crucial to authentic assessment.

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