I'm not sure that the concept of using portfolios is insanity. I firmly
believe that each teacher should use what concepts and techniques works best
for them and their unique situation. I'm not sure what you are implying with
this - please clarify your thoughts. I use portfolios for storing artworks,
for determining individual growth, for establishing pride, for ownership. If
my students are keeping each and every portfolio, then the time and effort
in constructing, storing, and maintaining their folders should be a positive
thing. My students aren't placing their value on the container, but the
contents contained within, so value has been incorporated into the artwork.
Are you saying that learning and porfolios cannot co-exist?
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> At last, I am observing some voices of sanity emerging
> on this listserve regarding portfolios. I'm sure
> there are many teachers out there who firmly believe
> in the value of portfolios, but there is an element of
> practicality here--exactly how much time and effort
> should you put into constructing, storing and
> maintaining these folders, as opposed to teaching your
> students something worth putting into the portfolios
> in the first place?