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Re:[teacherartexchange] On using portfolios


From: Deb (surreal70_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 06 2005 - 18:32:40 PDT


I use plastic or paper office accordian files, undecorated except for a name and period number unless the student chooses to do so on their own time. A portfolio might be a good time to practice calligraphy skills but is not an art project. For me it is not a data based thing as much as an ownership thing: owning your art in your space , a visual journey of where you've been and a way to plan for what happens next. I guess we all have our way of doing which fits into our situations. Since teaching art is so wholistic (as in whole person education) the portfolio or lack of one is defined alot by teaching circumstances. Deb/Kent

 --- On Sat 08/06, Jerry Vilenski < > wrote:

From: Jerry Vilenski [mailto:]


Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 17:20:24 -0700 (PDT)

Subject: Re:[teacherartexchange] On using portfolios

At last, I am observing some voices of sanity emerging<br>on this listserve regarding portfolios. I'm sure<br>there are many teachers out there who firmly believe<br>in the value of portfolios, but there is an element of<br>practicality here--exactly how much time and effort<br>should you put into constructing, storing and<br>maintaining these folders, as opposed to teaching your<br>students something worth putting into the portfolios<br>in the first place? If the portfolio concept is<br>compromising your program, and kids by and large don't<br>keep their work, and their parents end up not knowing<br>what their students are doing in your classes, exactly<br>what is the point? <br>I teach over 800 students in a two week period. The<br>mere thought of maintaining a portfolio for each of<br>them is enough to curl my hair! Portfolios, in my<br>opinion, is a perfect example of a good concept gone<br>bad. What appears on the surface to be a great thing<br>for your students ends
up falling short on many<br>levels.<br>I'm sure that somewhere out there in academia there is<br>someone teaching prospective art teachers the many<br>assets of DBAE and authentic assessment, of which<br>portfolios play an important role. On paper, many of<br>these theories look great, but when you are pushing a<br>cart down the hall to hold classes, or placed in a<br>high school class that isn't properly equipped with a<br>scant budget--well, you do the best you can with the<br>imagination and creativity you possess. I would much<br>rather be spending my time developing developmentally<br>correct art experiences that my students will not only<br>enjoy, but enthusiastically bring home to show the<br>parents.<br>Hope this helps, Jerry<br><br>__________________________________________________<br>Do You Yahoo!?<br>Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around <br> <br><br>---<br>To unsubscribe go to

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