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I teach 7th grade exploring art and a 7th grade arts and crafts
class. The first project we do is a portfolio, made from a legal size file
folder. All projects stay in the portfolio, along with planning
sheets, skill worksheets and assessment sheets. At the end of the
quarter, students have a 'portfolio assessment' assignment. They
select their two best works and then go through a two page form that
asks questions about media, techniques, skills, etc. If they take
this portfolio home and do this process with an adult, they can get
extra credit points. A side benefit is the lovely comments I have
received from parents who are amazed to see what their students have
Even the students who don't do the adult participation part of the
portfolio assessment, are much more likely to take their artwork
home, intact, if it is in a portfolio!
Emerson Junior High School
> I have a question for all you teachers out there. I am student and have
> been on this list for a while now. In our "art for elementary" class,
> we made portfolios at the beginning of the semester using a crayon
> resist lesson. They were about 16x18 in size and we put all of our
> "artwork" in them until the end of the semester. My question is: Have
> any of you tried this with your kids in class? It was a great way of
> keeping all of our stuff together, and protected. I know when my 7 yr
> old brings his work home every week, it is usually crumpled up in his
> backpack. I think they would enjoy gathering their art this way, but
> being inexperienced in the actual classroom, I didn't know if it would
> really work. (Or if you had a place to store all these) Sorry, I'm
> rambling. Oh well, any feedback would be appreciated.
> Thank you,
> Mary from Texas -- where the smoke is finally starting to clear!!!