Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.

Find Lesson Plans on! GettyGames

Re: [teacherartexchange] Elementary portfolios?


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Aug 04 2005 - 19:16:58 PDT

I keep a word document on my computer for each class. When I do a project I
write up a short description of the project, a copy of the reproduction or
visual that I used, vocabulary words, math/reading/science/history/geography
concepts addressed, and anything else that will help jog the student's
memory as well as educate the parents on the learning that takes place. At
the end of the year I print out a copy for the student to put in their
portfolio. I'm assuming that you do the same, or very similiar projects
within each grade, so if you teach K-3, that is only 4 running documents to
track. If you send these home at tri-mester do you then make new ones up? I
know from past experience that I would get maybe 5 back per class if I sent
things home.

I hang up the artwork by class, and I hang everyone's up. The only time I
single out specific artworks is for my webpage and for the museum exhibit. I
no longer give classroom teachers artwork to hang up mainly because I had a
parent compliment my project to the classroom teacher and that teacher took
credit for the lesson. So now I display all projects down my hall.
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher

> Do you include any information on the artworks in the portfolio--so
> parents know what the projects were about? My colleague (who teaches 4th
> & 5th grade--I have K-3rd) uses portfolios. She hands them back at the
> end of each trimester, along with a summary sheet of some sort for
> parents. She gives the portfolios to the homeroom teachers to hand out.
> Parents can come and talk to her about them during conferences. It seems
> to work for her. (Do the kids bring the folders back to art class?
> hmmm....I don't know about that, will have to ask her.)
> Another question: Do you display every classroom's work during the year?
> I'm trying to visualize how this could work for me. I have 26 classes per
> week. And, my goal is to display every child's work in the hallway at
> least once during the year. I always pull out 4or 5 of the most
> successful pieces from each class for a display (and keep track of which
> kids have had their work up.) Then I give the rest of the work to the
> classroom teachers, who generally put them up in or outside their
> room--which they love. I always give them information sheets about the
> project to display with the work, as well. I suppose I could still do
> that--and then have them return the work to me...........forgive my
> rambling, and thanks for your feedback.

To unsubscribe go to