Portfolios can take on a variety of appearances. Just at my school, last year, we had everything from a gathering of student work in a larger paper pocket, to a binder of paper sleeves full of student work, to my own digital portfolios created with www.livebinders.com.
My students created tabs in their live binders for each subject and added pictures, videos, links to online projects and explanations of what they had learned that year, within each of their tabs. Another teacher I know creates digital portfolios for her Kindergarteners on her iPad with iPhotos. She takes pictures of student work, on a mat with their name and date, and then files each photo into a photo album. At the end of the year, she goes through the photo album with her students and they select the work that the student wants to show their parents.
By planning now what you will do at the end of the year, you will not only create a better final project, but it will be less stressful. Student portfolios can be a lot of work if they are left to the end of the year. However, if you are collecting work samples all year long, in an organized manner, than at the end of the year, it shouldn’t take much time or effort to put them all together into a portfolio.
This post was brought to you by Heidi Raki of Raki’s Rad Resources. Heidi Raki is a teacher in a multi-grade classroom at the International School of Morocco in Casablanca, Morocco. She enjoys using technology to allow students to make individualized meaning out of their learning.