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Student-Led Conferencing Using Showcase Portfolios

Student-Led Conferencing Using Showcase Portfolios

Second Edition

March 2005 | 184 pages | Corwin
Help your students demonstrate what they know--and why they have learned it!

The increasing focus on standards and accountability has brought a new breed of challenges: educators today must not only engage students, but also their parents; they must not only provide authentic assessments, but also communicate them in meaningful ways. With the help of this updated edition of a bestseller, educators can achieve this and more as they turn student work into insightful showcase portfolios, and transform the oft-dreaded parent conferences into powerful learning and assessment opportunities.

The user-friendly and time-tested strategies outlined in the manual have been successfully implemented in classrooms throughout North America, and real-life examples are provided to illustrate how the approach can be applied at any grade level and for any subject matter.

Newly added features to this comprehensive text include:

  • Strategies for beginning the portfolio process with students
  • Current research findings that support student-led conferencing
  • Easy-to-use timelines and sample schedules
  • Blackline masters that cut down on teacher prep-time
  • The latest information on electronic portfolios
In today's standards-based and accountability-driven classroom, teachers are increasingly seeking ways to demonstrate that their students know what they are learning and are aware of why they are learning it. This groundbreaking guide shows how the combination of portfolios and student-led conferences can increase student understanding. Using this technique, students will be able to take charge of their learning, and are able to clearly communicate the goals of their education with fellow students, administrators, and parents.

About the Authors
1. Informing Everyone
2. Building Student Portfolios
3. Planning and Preparing Student-Led Conferences
4. Conducting Conferencing
5. Reflecting and Celebrating
6. Improving Student Learning: The Evidence
Resource A: Sample Forms
Resource B: A Word About Other Types of Portfolios

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Informing Everyone

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