> for Susan and others who do portfolios at the elementary level...
> How many students do you teach ?
At the K-6 level I teach appx. 150 students
> How many pieces do you keep in their portfolio each year ?
All of them - in the primary grades they have ALOT more projects -
usually around 20, while at the intermediate level they usually have
> Do you send these on to middle school ?
No, I send them home at the end of the year since my administrator can't
decide whether I should be a required course or an elective
> Do you cut down 12/18 paper in order to fit it in this 24/36 half folder ?
I use 18x24" tagboard, folded in half and taped w/box tape on one side,
leaving 2 sides open. Papers stay in and nothing gets crumpled going
in or out
> Do you include Photos of 3D work ?
I don't work much with 3D due to space constraints - I have high hopes
for next year tho! I already take alot of digital photos of the
student's work and plan to include more this year
> I often consider doing this with my students, but space constraints ,and
> upkeep logistics push this thought back down again. I know it would be an
> awesome way to track progress !!!
If you are wanting to track students one simple way is to buy one or two
of those plastic file boxes. Give each student a folder and have
them draw a self-portrait at the beginning or end of each school year. You
can definately see them "grow up" through these drawings.