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Mountain of School Work

Saturday, May 10, 2014

In order to be an effective teacher, I must continue to learn and grow. That is just what I did this year. I spent time learning the things that will help my students to learn and grow. This year's lesson was all about the Alternative Learning Progressions (ALPs)
When a student who is unable to be tested by the traditional tests that students now take on a computer, the process gets long and complicated. I started studying about ALPs in October. In early November, one of my students was registered for this form of learning documentation. From November 5 until May 21, I have studied, then put that knowledge into practice as I found the six different areas-two in Reading and four in Math. I created six 8-minute films that demonstrated ability in the Common Core standards.
New skills that I gained while working on ALPS include: filming for documentation, IMovie skills, and many new skills in programs on a Mac. So far, I have invested 84 hours. By the time the ALPs portfolio is mailed out, it will be 90 hours.
Yes, it was a big mountain of school work.
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