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Nick Ruggieri 1/29/13 CTE 3372 Portfolio Assessments in the Classroom The article “Portfolio Assessments in the Classroom” starts off by describing a minor history about portfolio’s and how they were predominately based in art based schools until the 1990’s when they started to be used more academically. The author than goes on to speak about portfolio assessments are very useful in finding out what a student can do, rather than what they know. By allowing students to create something, rather than reiterate knowledge, the student can exemplify how they got to a final product. That is why portfolios are often used most successfully when assessing product. This is the case because students can utilize portfolios to show the final product (video, picture, paper, etc.) as well as through the process (steps done in a lab, baking a cake, etc.). The author than discusses the way to construct a portfolio assessment, the grading procedure, and the different uses for the assessment in the classroom. After these
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Unformatted text preview: points are made, he brings up the main point in that portfolios allow the teacher to assess application rather than knowledge. This area is not only important to teachers, but students as well. Knowledge is one of the lower levels of Blooms taxonomy, and once these students are out of school, they were hardly be asked to regurgitate knowledge back to their superior. However, application, a higher level of Blooms, challenges the students to apply what they learned, into a final piece of work, which they will be asked to do often in the outside world. As educators, our job is to prepare students for what is to come, and I believe students will benefit significantly from learning how to think at higher levels. The article concludes with talking about different pro’s and con’s of the use of portfolio’s. Ultimately, I believe this article exemplifies that if used correctly, portfolio’s can be greatly utilized in classroom’s today, and very beneficial to students....
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