Monday, October 12, 2009

Collaboration & Support

I was cleaning up my inbox from my old email account when I saw my colleague's message below. It was dated months ago, was emailed to me after the Portfolio Party that I initiated to support the teachers who are doing DC CAS Alternate Assessments for their students. It was also my first time to do it and I needed support from them too. We had so much fun collaborating and sharing resources with each other.
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April 10, 2009

Dear Marisol,

Happy Easter! Thank you for initiating the Portfolio Party. It really benefitted me and the teachers who participated.

When I saw the resources and the amount of time it would take to implement the testing, I was indeed overwhelmed. I even got sick and I was not able to go to work for 2 days. What could I do to make this endeavor successful? Your email about the Portfolio Party came up. I was so excitted. Margareth was also very helpful in answering my questions; some of them were probably in the resource book, I was too tired to read.

The portfolio as you know was completed, checked, and submitted. The child's parents came to review it from page one to the end. Both were very pleased.

The Portfolio Party was indeed a blessing! Keep up the dynamic work of collaboration.

Love,

Renee

P.S. You might be interested to know that my student with the portfolio has become more eager for learning. He has been volunteering to attend my 30 minute tutoring program in place of his recess. He has not volunteered to participate before.

We were working on number patterns the other day. The pattern was 2, 12, 22, ____, 42. I had a group of five students that day in the tutoring program. Only my child with the portfolio got the answer. He said, "32." He jumped up and down for joy of getting the correct answer.

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Indeed, we can accomplish so much when we wok together!
My two students who took the DC CAS Alt scored advanced (got perfect scores in the state assessments both in Reading and in Math)! They were tested on grade level standards but I had to modify and give them accomodations to meet their needs as students with severe cognitive disability.

1 comment:

judy said...

I have been following your blog for sometime... though this is my first comment here.

Thought would drop by and send you this site for your opinion before I start using it with my class.

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