Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Student Portfolio Freebie


My summer days are dwindling...  
I decided that I had better start thinking about my untouched & undecorated classroom, empty plan book and student portfolios.  My first 7 - 8 years of teaching I use to purchase large cardboard pizza boxes for my students to use as a portfolio.  They were so much fun... large items could easily be added and the kiddos loved to surf through their fabulous projects.  Years later I switched to a 1" white binder with clear cover... maybe to save space??? ( I don't remember why) Each time we complete something for our portfolio the students add it to the BACK of the pages... that way everything is in chronological order. It saves me space from storing assignments and time from binding or filing assignments for SEP Conferences.  That is one of the best things about a portfolio binder... I love that they are ready to go and be shared with parents at SEPs or any parent conference we might have in the year. The kids enjoy looking through them during free time and commenting on their progress.  This year we are asking all of our 2nd graders to bring in a 1 1/2" binder rather than a 1" because we find that our collection is growing.  Each month we add academic growth in math, reading and writing.  I also love to include science, health, social studies activities and art projects.  Each binder holds the kiddo's information sheet (that I send home for mom and dad to complete the first week of school) so I have important information quickly.

I'd love to hear your student portfolio ideas... I'm always looking to freshen mine up with new material... please share with us.

3 comments:

Kristen said...

i have often started to use a portfolio but the decided against it mainly because i am unsure what to put in it....any suggestions?

Angela said...

My kids' portfolios have been a mess (I'd pick out items and put them into their file folder, then have to organize before conferences/end of year). I wanted to change them up this year, and I like this idea of a binder AND having the kids take ownership! Do you use the clear page protectors or just 3-hole punch their work? Also, like Kristen asked, what do you put in their portfolios? I have been guilty of saving just about everything and I want to cut back to the "important stuff".

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