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Re: [teacherartexchange] Elementary portfolios?


From: Holmgren (holmgren_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Aug 04 2005 - 19:38:06 PDT

That sounds similar to what I do for each project--I do many of the same
projects within each grade level every year, so it is easy to pull those
documents up--or use the template to quickly make new ones for new projects.
Besides that information, I have a checklist for the project, as well--so
the students get to self-evaluate, then I evaluate the work. I have to ask
my colleague how she deals with sending those portfolios home at
trimester--how she gets the folders back. I don't think I would do that.
If I decided to keep a portfolio, I like the idea of sending it home at the
end of the year. Right now, every student has a "folder" they keep their
work-in-progress in (a 12" x 18" piece of white paper, folded in
half)--which is in a folder for their table--which is in a folder for their
day of the week (everything color coded).I have two sehelves in a cupboard I
keep those in. So, I guess it wouldn't be that difficult to just have them
keep all their 2-d projects in that folder during the year. I could
visualize having them make a tagboard portfolio to take it all home in at
the end of the year.........Again--I'm curious as to your grading system--do
you grade each individual piece? And have that grade on the piece?

I appreciate the feedback......a case of teaching an old dog new
tricks.......I'm looking for the best educational value, (but also easier
for me, as well......what you have to do, I think, when you see so many
kids, or instant burnout is the result).

Mary H.

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Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Elementary portfolios?

>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.
> ~Michal
> 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.
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