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A Student Portfolio And Helping Your Class Create One

As a teacher, one of the most important things you can do for your students is helping them create a student portfolio. A student portfolio can serve as a valuable tool to help students reflect on their own learning and progress, as well as document and showcase their accomplishments. Plus, it can be a lot of fun for students to create!

So let’s look at how to help your students create a student portfolio today.

 

How To Create A Student Portfolio For Your Class

 

What is a student portfolio and what goes into it?

A student portfolio is a collection of work that students create over time. Typically, it includes representative samples of classwork and projects, as well as evidence of student learning. This can include photos, storyboards, rubrics, writing samples, examples of work that show progression or new skills learned, and so on. It can also include anything else you’d like to add, such as awards or certificates.

The goal is not to have a perfect portfolio. But rather, to have a collection of what they’ve done throughout the year to help students reflect on how they’ve progressed in class.

 

What benefits can a student portfolio offer?

Having a student portfolio can be beneficial to both you and your students. For you, it means having a way to easily see what they’ve done over the course of the year. That way, you won’t miss any important pieces of work and can easily see your student’s development.

For your students, having a student portfolio means having a way to showcase what they’ve learned in class. Plus, it can be a great way for them to reflect on their own learning and see how they’ve improved during the year.

 

How to help your students create their portfolios

To get things started, you should kick off your portfolio project with an activity to help students think about what they’ve learned. For example, you can have your students ask themselves these opening questions:

  • What do you know now that you didn’t know before this class?
  • Is there something you’ve learned you would like to share with others?
  • What are you proud of accomplishing in this class?
  • How can you show others what you’ve learned?
  • What would your parents love to see about what you’ve done in class?

Once your students have brainstormed, you can share these ideas with the class and create a list of what should be included in their portfolios.

 

General tips for creating an effective student portfolio

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To create a portfolio that works and is meaningful to students, you’ll want to consider these tips:

  • Decide to create one portfolio for the whole class or have students create individual ones. It’s up to you!
  • Make sure your students know their portfolio is something they design and put together – not something you create for them.
  • Give your students some freedom when it comes to what they want to include in their portfolios. Let them see your examples and ask you questions if needed, but make sure they have the chance to be creative and choose what they want to add.
  • If your students aren’t used to creating portfolios, make sure you take the time to go through the process step by step with them.
  • To make things easier for you, consider suggesting topics your students should include. You can give them an idea of what to add or create a list they can attach to their portfolio as a reference.

 

The importance of reflection in a student portfolio

One final thing to keep in mind is that students should be able to reflect on their work and what they’ve learned throughout the year. That means that they should be able to explain why particular items are included in their portfolio and what they’ve learned from those experiences.

When students do not have the ability to reflect, their portfolios might feel incomplete. So be sure you emphasize the importance of reflection when it comes to creating an effective portfolio.

 

Get Started On Your Classes Student Portfolio Today!

If you still haven’t gotten started on your classroom portfolio, now is the time to get started. Your kids will have a ball creating their own portfolios, and they’ll love being able to look back on everything they’ve learned over the course of the year.

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