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ERIC Number: ED354545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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"Now You Know What Your Students Will Be Feeling": Reflections from Teacher Education Students' Portfolios.
Stroble, Elizabeth J.
Secondary teacher education students should be given clear instruction in the assembling and assessment of professional teaching portfolios. In the teacher education program at the University of Louisville (Kentucky), student teachers are asked to prepare portfolios, exactly as all secondary students must in the state of Kentucky, meaning that the student teachers discover "how students feel." For professional portfolios, students should be provided with detailed writing assignments. Examples from numerous portfolio entries and the "letters to portfolio readers," which were written by the student teachers as reflections on what they were doing, illustrate criteria against which personal and professional growth can be assessed. Criteria for judging the portfolios can be developed and decided upon jointly with the participants. The prospective teachers' reflections on accomplishments, values, goals, interests, learning strategies, and their understanding of what they are learning about teaching indicate the importance of professional portfolios in teacher preparation. Examples taken directly from student portfolios serve as illustrations of the students' own reflections on five topics: (1) what they did well; (2) what they valued in their teaching; (3) their goals, interests, and agendas as teachers; (4) their strategies and processes for learning and teaching; and (5) their understanding of what they learned about teaching. Portfolios are powerful learning devices for all students enrolled in teacher education programs, and should be encouraged for their many positive results. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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