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You could certainly substitute other open ended statements, but the idea is
to allow the students to reflect and write about what is uppermost in their
minds. I tried this today in a portfolio review with my seventh graders and
I got some very interesting statements such as" I discovered that I can draw
better than I realized I could"; "I discovered that my art work looks as
good as anybody else's", " I learned that there are many different
techniques to use when painting" etc. Too many to mention, but I was
pleased that the students really seemed to think about the questions. The
form gave me a much better idea of their artisitc growth during the term
than a numerical rating would have. I completed the form by writing comments
for each student. The form then goes back in the portfolio when they bring
it home. I like Ellen's writing assignment and would eventually like to try
that too. Good luck!