TWS Aid for Supervisors & Mentor Teachers. Background on the TWS. TWS. The Mission of the Teacher Work Sample. The TWS measures the ability to: Construct and deliver an instructional unit Construct challenging and meaningful assessments Adapt instruction to meet student needs
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Background on the TWS
Includes a variety that are significant & challengingAppropriates for studentsAligned with standardsFocused on student learningClassified according to level & domain
Unit Learning Goals & Objectives
Demonstrates knowledge of:• community & school factors• characteristics of students• students’ varied approaches to learning• students’ skills & prior learning• QPA/NCA school improvement planDemonstrates implications for instruction & assessment
Instructional Design & Implementation
Reflection & Self-Evaluation
Demonstrate: • Effect on student learning • Implications for future teaching of this unit• Implications for professional development • Alignment among goals, instruction & assessment
Aligned with learning goals & instructionClarifies criteria for performanceIncludes multiple instructional strategies & approachesIncludes adaptations on individual student needsDemonstrates appropriate use of technology
Demonstration of Integration Skills
Analysis of Assessment Procedures
Demonstrates the ability to integrate instruction across and within subject matter fields
Interprets dataAligns assessments with TWS objectivesProvides evidence of impact on student learningDemonstrates variety of assessmentsJustifies assessments & adaptations
Analysis of Classroom Learning Environment
Demonstrates:• motivation skills• communication skills• classroom management skills• how classroom environmental factors affect learningOverview of 7 Teacher Work Sample Factors
Completing a TWS became a requirement for all student teachers & interns beginning Spring 2002.
Designed in Collaboration with:
“To become accountable for the impact of teacher candidates and graduates on the learning of P-12 students”
A Paradigm Shift from Teaching to Learning
The information from Teacher Work Samples is used to advance the quality of teachers and K-12 student learning by the Renaissance Partnership, a five year initiative by eleven universities and their partner schools. The Renaissance Partnership is devoted to the pursuit of quality and best practices in teacher education.