Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Educational Reform, Coherent Teaching Practice, and Improved Student Learning

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  • Shafer, L. (1995). Learning from Rosa, Ahmed and Zhou. Reading Journal of Virginia, 19, 16-23.

Schafer describes a means of keeping anecdotal records about students in order to create a verifiable means of assessing student progress for students representing a wide span of cultures. She felt that traditional methods of documentation did not meet the needs of these multicultural students. She used her records to evaluate students' learning, to make instructional decisions for individual students, to make instructional decisions for the entire class, to determine when students needed remediation, to look for patterns in student behavior, to provide documentation for parents and staff and to evaluate her own teaching. She followed a simple procedure in her anecdotal strategyÑshe observed the students, reflected on what she had seen, and planned a means to take advantage of what she had seen. She also invited participants in her teacher-research group to share in her findings and assist her in analyzing anecdotal evidence. This sharing helped her to solidify her own ideas and share an effective assessment tool with other teachers.

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