A teacher work sample is a 1 to 4 week unit of instruction in one subject area for one class. The teacher work sample may be an integrated unit between two curriculum areas or may be a unit from one content area. The central feature of the teacher work sample is the impact the candidate has on P-12 student learning. The teacher work sample will include lesson plans, narratives concerning each process, evidence of P-12 student learning and a six minute video which documents the classroom practice of each candidate. The teacher work sample must show satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes of the College of Education as well as evidence of P-12 student learning. The Teacher Work Sample Portfolio should be developed in consultation with the candidate’s cooperating teacher, University supervisor, the Internship Director, and program faculty. The format will be an electronic multimedia file posted to each candidate’s Livetext account.
Each teacher candidate will plan and teach a comprehensive unit. The unit must last between 1 and 4 weeks, may be integrated or may be from one content area. Before teaching the unit the candidate will consider the contextual factors present in their particular placement situation. Learning objectives must be identified and based on the Sunshine State Standards, student needs, and district content standards. An assessment plan will be created to measure student performance before, during, and after instruction. A plan for the instruction of the material will be developed, student learning will be analyzed during the process and instruction will be modified based on the assessment data. Following the unit completion the candidate will reflect on the entire process; assessment, planning, teaching, modification of instruction, data analysis, and teacher candidate’s instruction as it relates to student learning gains.
To access Directions for Preparing a Teacher Work Sample click on the link below. The Directions are also posted to the Senior Seminar Angel Course Page.
Directions for Preparing a Teacher Work Sample (PDF, 448KB)
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