The Teacher Work Sample (TWS) is a performance-based activity and assessment tool to help teacher candidates develop a focus based on student learning rather than on their own behaviors.
Successful teachers make instructional decisions based on this student learning. Participating in a TWS activity should assist our students in making the transition from “self” reflection to reflections on student learning.
The TWS requires that the teacher candidate plan and teach a unit of study during student teaching. Before teaching the unit, the students will describe contextual factors, identify learning goals based on state and district standards (GLE’s), create an assessment plan designed to measure student performance (pre-assessment), during (formative assessment) and after (post-assessment) instruction, design the instruction based on learning goals, and make instructional decisions. After teaching the unit, the teacher candidate will analyze student learning and then reflect upon and evaluate his or her teaching as related to student learning in order to improve teaching practice.
1. Contextual Analysis
Secondary (High School)
2. Learning Goals
3. Assessment Plan
4. Design for Instruction
5. Instructional Decision Making
6. Analysis of Learning
7. Reflection and Self-Evaluation