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portfolios (elementary grades)


From: Geoffrey McClain (skygeoff_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Oct 03 2003 - 16:56:03 PDT

Hi Susan,
I like your portfolio system. Where do you keep the portfolios? I teach 450+ students. Do the children make their own portfolios? Do they put their finished work in? Do you send all the 3D stuff home?
Sky in NJ
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  Sent: Friday, October 03, 2003 6:26 PM
  Subject: Re: ANOTHER question for Elementay art teachers

  In a message dated 10/03/2003 6:04:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
    I keep all work until the end of the year. Some will disagree with this, but
    it has worked for me for the past 9 years. I have Sophomores who still have
    their 1st grade portfolio along with all the years in between. :-)
  I also keep all the work until the end of the year. Students make a portfolio every year for that year's art, and the parents wait excitedly for the portfolio to arrive. Many send me a note or call me to say they are coming to pick it up personally ( so they can frame a piece or two). I attach a letter on the front to the parents each year explaining the goals of each lesson, artists studied, and the how lessons integrated with classroom studies. Portfolios have become an event! It's better than the kids taking their art home crumpled in a backpack, IMO.
  Susan on Long Island