Creative Portfolio Collection: Going Beyond Paper and Pencil
My students need a digital camera, to document math and reading manipulative work, as evidence that they are meeting learning targets and standards.
This project expired on February 25, 2012.
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Kindergarten is no longer about eating a cookie and taking a nap. Kindergarten students in my district are now required to provide two pieces of evidence as proof that they are meeting learning targets for each math, reading, science, and social studies power standard.
I teach morning kindergarten in a public school that serves more that 50 percent of its students free and reduced lunch.
We are considered a high poverty school. In my class of 21 students there are eight different languages spoken, eleven students are learning to speak the English language. Regardless of my students socioeconomic status or mastery of the English language they come to school each day with a smile on their face and full of energy to learn something new.
Five-year-olds are naturally skilled at demonstrating their knowledge through the use of all of their senses. Our district is a Standards Based District. Students are required to provide two pieces of evidence that they have met learning targets under math, reading, science, and social studies power standards. Many learning targets can be mastered by using manipulatives and kenesthic activities. A digital camera will provide the means to record each child's learning.
Kindergarten students' (as well as English language learners)often struggle to document their knowledge of concepts when given paper and pencil assessments.
However, many students can provide proof of meeting learning targets for math, reading, science, and social studies power standards through the use of manipulatives. A digital picture of their work would document their knowledge, thus empowering students to show what they know.
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