chapter  1
H andbook on Teacher Portfolios: A n In tro d u ctio n
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Portfolios, when used in the ways described in this Handbook on Teacher Port­ folios, can help teachers monitor and improve their own performance, can assist administrators or peer evaluators in acquiring a fuller and more accurate por­ trait of teacher performance, and, ultimately, can benefit students in improved instructional delivery and learning opportunities. Portfolios have been used ex­ tensively with students for the same reasons that they appeal to adults. They of­ fer a more personal, constructivist approach to documenting, reviewing, and guiding one's own learning. They are a means of linking and critically examin­ ing both the processes of your teaching and the student products that result from your efforts. They offer a means of making clear the instructional relation­ ships among lesson plans, assessments, and student work.