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Teacher Tips: Differentiated Portfolios in a Standards-Based Music Ensemble

Peter Briggs shares his classroom experience in FreshGrade. Watch Now!

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Multi-grade and multi-level ensembles make it difficult to appropriately challenge all students. How can you work smarter to make sure that each student is growing at their level without making assignments for every student? Use FreshGrade to implement Differentiated Portfolios.

Peter will share examples of current student portfolios that show growth over time as well as student-teacher interaction. Peter will provide samples of differentiated portfolio maps for music theory, band and percussion – though the concept easily transfers to any music discipline. Peter will also show how he distributes and collects multiple assignments to six different level groups in one class. All of this integrates with FreshGrade – which he uses to manage the online portfolios of his students work.


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Peter Briggs
Peter Briggs

Peter Briggs has been teaching middle and high school music in Washington State for 14 years. He graduated from Central Washington University with a BM in Music Education and earned a master’s degree from the American Band College. Mr. Briggs has spent the last 10 years teaching at an inner-city high school in Tacoma, WA where he teaches band and percussion. His high-profile drumline has been featured across the state in such notable performances as an NFL Half-time show. In addition to music, he has a passion for baking and hiking.


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