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Re: [teacherartexchange] Elementary portfolios?


From: Holmgren (holmgren_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Aug 04 2005 - 19:00:23 PDT

I have another question for you. Do you have to grade all the work? Do you
put grades on the actual work? (I have a student-teacher checklist which
kids attach to the back of their artwork--which also has an explanation of
the project on it.) Do parents not see the grades until the end of the
year, then? Do kids not bug you about wanting to take their artwork home
right away? (though I suppose they get used to the system of waiting until
the end of the year. Having everything all in one place so it doesn't get
wrecked is definitely a plus)

Mary H.

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From: "M. Austin" <>
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Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2005 5:59 PM
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Elementary portfolios?

>I am in 2 towns, 3 buildings, 4 classrooms daily, so while I don't have the
>number of students some of you do, I do have time management challenges!
>*L* I have appx. 150 K-6 students. Each class has a stack of portfolios,
>each with their names on them. I pass these out at the beginning of class
>(super quick & easy, cause I stack them by table). All work in progress is
>in their portfolios. I display artwork by class, and when I take the
>display down I hand the artwork back and students put them in their
>portfolios. I learned this method of using portfolios when I was student
>teaching - I had around 600 student then, and it was super easy to manage.
>For storage, when I was on a cart I had the classroom teacher store them in
>their classroom. In my own classroom I stack them, open side up, on a
>bookshelf. All artwork stays in the portfolio until the end of school (the
>exception being 3-D work, which goes home after being displayed). I create
>a color sheet which I xerox on 11x14" paper - these contain a color wheel,
>examples of line, shape, textures, etc. The students glue these on their
>portfolio and use them as reference throughout the year.
> I understand how it could become a logistical nightmare if you try to
> manage the portfolios yourself, but if you teach the students how you want
> them to use them the students will do an excellent job. They take
> ownership in their portfolios. I like them because when it's time for
> special exhibits (the ones where I choose the artworks) I can just skim
> through the portfolios and pull out the artwork I need. It always amazes
> me the excitement the students generate when I tell them at the end of the
> year that their portfolios are going home that day - and because they have
> a way to transport their artwork so it doesn't get messed up, wrinkled,
> smooshed in the bookbag - the students tend to hang on to them. Each
> person has to find what works for them tho - but this works for me! :-)
> ~Michal
> K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
>> Hi Michal,
>> I'm wondering how many students you have? How do you store the
>> portfolios? Do you still periodically display students' work? and then
>> put it back in the portfolios? Do you keep all their work in the
>> portfolios, or does some go home before the end of the year? I know
>> people talk about doing this, but having almost 700 students and a severe
>> lack of storage space, it seems like a logistical nightmare.
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