How do you use portfolio assessment in your classroom?
I am trying something new this year. I'm calling them webfolios (because I work with them on "Webfolio Wednesdays"). They are directly linked to my CCSS job and life skills that I focus on each day. Students use artifacts from our class (and any others they would like to incorporate) to reflect on their skills in reading, oral com, written com, technological com, critical thinking, teamwork, and then also extra-curricular, about me, and their resume. Each page has to have at least 1 artifact representing them using the skill, an explanation of the artifact/activity/assignment, and then a reflection on their skills and how it relates to life & employment. I have just started to see some of my work-bound 11th graders start to really see the advantage of using this and putting forth more effort in class. I tell them this is their place to shine in class because they can make it their own and really promote themselves and their skills & talents to prospective employers, while college-bound students can use it for not only prospective employers but also colleges and scholarship benefactors. My template is found here: https://sites.google.com/a/atlanticiaschools.org/english-3-webfolio-template/ and my rubric is found here: https://docs.google.com/a/atlanticiaschools.org/document/d/1z_X9KOmzk_KKFQwXAAdXx_ho0o88MFiwhJeURtFmAGE/edit. I'd be interested in other teachers' input & critique.
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In the past I have conducted "Writing Workshop", where each Monday students composed a short piece of writing in class, which was followed by a peer edit. These materials were kept in a portfolio folder, which was collected at the end of the marking period. I no longer do this, due to the high number of student absences in my district. But depending on the class, I think it can be highly effective.
In our district, we use previous writing pieces when working on revision. After a lesson on one of the traits of writing, for example, students return to their portfolios and find a previous assignment to revise based on the new lesson. This allows students to see their writing grow throughout the year and allows them to really delve into the process of revision. Many students ask if they can just rewrite because they realize their drafts are so weak. Since the CCSS Writing standard 5 requires students to revise, edit, and rewrite, this is an authentic opportunity for students to do that.
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