Teacher Work Samples
As a classroom teacher, you will probably ask yourself, “Do I really make an impact on my students’ learning?” Even if this question never enters your mind, some parents or administrators may ask themselves similar questions about you. Regardless of audience or their reason for asking the question, the Teacher Work Sample (TWS) will give you the direct evidence you need to demonstrate your ability to assess and improve student outcomes.
A TWS is a reflective framework for an exhibit of teaching performance, such as an instructional unit. The TWS is a required component of the final internship for all teacher candidates completing a program for the School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership that leads to initial certification. The TWS uses seven components to document the process of planning, teaching, and assessing an instructional unit and provides direct evidence of a teacher’s ability to:
Analyze student data and assessments to determine learning needs
Design and develop standards-based instruction that meets student needs
Assess student learning prior to and during instruction and at the end of the unit
Reflect on the teaching and learning process and identify ways to grow and develop
Use of these components will help you identify your students’ characteristics and needs, develop learning goals, decide how you will assess your students’ learning, plan instruction before teaching begins, make instructional decisions during teaching, monitor student progress as you go, and demonstrate how you have impacted your students’ learning outcomes.
Resources to Help Interns:
The resources below are provided to help you understand the Teacher Work Sample (TWS) and to produce an effective TWS during your final internship experience. While the instructions and rubric are included in your final internship syllabus, you will find many more resources below that will help you through the process. Updates are made regularly to this web site. Please check this location for the most up to date resources and materials. This web site is your primary source for official information about the TWS. If you have any questions or need help about the TWS, check this page first.
TWS Rubric: This is the rubric with which your TWS will be evaluated. (updated 1/9/2012)
Primary Supporting Materials: The items below are the primary materials that you need to begin work on your TWS. It is recommended that all candidates begin here.
The TWS Template: (For Microsoft Word 2007 or later) Use this Word document as a template for your TWS. Download the file, save it as Lastname_semesterYYYY_TWS.docx, and begin entering your content. (updated 1/9/2012)
The TWS Template: (For older versions of Microsoft Word) Use this Word document as a template for your TWS. Download the file, save it as Lastname_semesterYYYY_TWS.doc, and begin entering your content. (updated 3/9/2012)
The TWS GraphMaker (.xlsx): (For Microsoft Excel 2007 or later for Windows, or for Microsoft Excel 2011 for Mac) Use this Excel workbook from the very beginning of the TWS process. Use it to record demographic data on your students for the Contextual Factors component, and to enter and analyze pre and post assessment data. The GraphMaker will automatically analyze learning data for up to 200 students and generate a variety of graphs that you may wish to use in your TWS. Download the file, save it as Lastname_semesterYYYY_GraphMaker.xlsx, and begin entering your data. You will upload this workbook to LiveText and submit it with your final TWS. The TWS GraphMaker requires Microsoft Excel. (version 5.1.2, updated 8/13/2014)
The TWS GraphMaker (.xls): (For vesions of Microsoft Excel earlier than 2007 for Windows, or earlier than 2011 for Mac) Use this Excel workbook from the very beginning of the TWS process. Use it to record demographic data on your students for the Contextual Factors component, and to enter and analyze pre and post assessment data. The GraphMaker will automatically analyze learning data for up to 200 students and generate a variety of graphs that you may wish to use in your TWS. Download the file, save it as Lastname_semesterYYYY_GraphMaker.xls, and begin entering your data. You will upload this workbook to LiveText and submit it with your final TWS. The TWS GraphMaker requires Microsoft Excel. (version 5.1.2, updated 8/13/2014)
TWS Seminar Slides: The PowerPoint slides that accompany initial training on the Teacher Work Sample given at the TWS Seminar are hosted here. These slides are not nearly as interesting without the dynamic presenter, but they can help you remember the details of the seminar. This PDF also contains slides that were hidden during the presentation that have several details included for your reference. (updated 8/28/2012)
Video of the Spring 2012 TWS Seminar: This video recording has been split into nine video modules so that you can quickly and easily review the content of the seminar. Please note that the requirements of the Teacher Work Sample may have changed since this seminar was recorded, but the essence of the project remains the same. Always refer to your current internship syllabus and the updated slides above for specific guidelines.
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