Real Stories from Teachers Who Are Using the Focused Portfolios™ Process

The Focused Portfolios™ process has been in use since October 1998 in a variety of settings. From the teachers in Peoria, IL and Montreal, Quebec, who initially piloted the book to all those teachers in the US and Canada, who have since begun to implement this system of documenting children's work via portfolios, we have heard many favorable comments. Here is a sampling of the feedback we've received from teachers about their successes, challenges, responses from families and the impact on their own teaching:

Teacher's Goals:
Teachers' Knowledge About Children:
The Effect on Teaching and Curriculum:
Changes in the Quality of Teacher/Family Interaction
Teachers Feel More Prepared to Conference with Families

"Portfolios are helping me to be more organized. I tend to focus on some developmental areas more than others. I need to slow down, observe more, play more."

"I'm learning to see the whole picture. I'm learning where the weaknesses are in my kids and me. I'm learning developing never ends."

"I need to provide for more growth. I step back a lot more and let the kids figure out what to do. I'm not focusing so much on the activities - I'm focusing now on the process and the children."

"You learn first hand what the children's interests are and where their needs are, so planning curriculum is easier."

"Individualizing my curriculum for each child has been a challenge for me. There's been a lot more of that with Focused Portfolios™."