TeacherFolio for Learning Plans and Microteaching

Two young students looking at a piece of paper togetherTeacherFolio is a set of tools that can be used for teacher development in teacher and student programs. The tools are designed to allow teachers to document the work that they are doing so that it can be used for purposes beyond STARTALK. Individual teachers may elect to use the completed documents as evidence of their professional growth and learning, and the work may become part of their own professional portfolio. The use of these tools in STARTALK programs is voluntary, but it is hoped that conversation about these tools will strengthen the work being done in STARTALK programs and build consistency across programs to benefit teachers who elect to participate in more than one program.

TeacherFolio is focused on the planning and implementation of learning plans. The content is not new, but in some cases it has been reformatted or repurposed for TeacherFolio. The tools are based on the STARTALK-endorsed Principles for Effective Teaching and Learning and they draw on existing STARTALK materials that support thematic unit and lesson design. TeacherFolio consists of the following products:

Product Purpose
TeacherFolio Lesson Design Protocol Overview of the TeacherFolio purpose and resources
STARTALK Model Curricula - My World Model curricula used to create sample lesson
STARTALK Sample Learning Plan Learning Plan written for My World unit
STARTALK Learning Plan Template Common learning plan template for all STARTALK programs
STARTALK Annotated Learning Plan Tool that provides guiding questions for each stage of the learning plan template
STARTALK Learning Plan Checklist Self-assessment tool for use by teacher as learning plan is being developed
Self- Assessment and Classroom Look-Fors Self-assessment tool for assessing the practice and evidence of each STARTALK-endorsed principle
STARTALK-endorsed Principles in Practice – Peer Observation Document that shows connection between STARTALK-endorsed Principles, TELL, and classroom practice with sample responses for evidence and non- evidence
TeacherFolio Peer/Self-Assessment Tool Document that serves as observation tool for each STARTALK-endorsed Principle, and allows observers of lesson to note evidence of observed practices
Observation/Note-taking Tool Document is open-ended and allows observers to record based on what they notice about teacher and student behaviors

Instructional Resource(s): 

  • Student
  • Teacher

Proficiency Level(s): 

  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Teaching Experience: 

  • Beginning
  • Experienced

Material Type(s): 

  • Curricula
  • Assessment
  • Instruction
  • Learning Plan/Lesson Plan

Grade Level(s): 

  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12
  • Undergraduate

STARTALK Principle(s): 

  • Performance-Based Assessment