When teachers read this statement, “Portfolio-based with clear illustrations of student progress toward state content standards,” from the list of requirements on the teacher evaluation rubric, I repeatedly heard teachers say they would just take a mark down in this area. There was no way they could create individual portfolios for their students.
While inwardly I cringed, I knew I couldn’t purposely skip over a required component. Instead, I thought, “What is the easiest most effective way to create portfolios for my students?”
Here was my plan:
#1 ❤◦.¸¸. ◦✿ I created a folder for each of my students by simply using colored folders and writing their names on the top tabs.
#2 ❤◦.¸¸. ◦✿ As I recorded assignments in my electronic grade book [We used Grade Keeper.], I included one teaching standard number in the assignment description.
#3 ❤◦.¸¸. ◦✿ Every three weeks, I printed individual student scores similar to the image below. I stapled these pages into the front of the students’ folders. Next I highlighted approximately two standards in which a student showed areas of weakness. For example, for Student #3 on the image below, I would definitely highlight CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3.
#4 ❤◦.¸¸. ◦✿ Next, I created a folder for each standard. Inside the folders, I placed extra worksheets, task cards, game activities, books, and so forth that practiced the standard.
#5 ❤◦.¸¸. ◦✿ Students would keep their portfolios with them. During any down time, especially morning review time, students would work on weaknesses. They simply looked at the skills that were highlighted in their portfolios, then went to the folders and selected an activity. This activity stayed in the student’s portfolio until it was completed.
#6 ❤◦.¸¸. ◦✿ I placed the answer key to each folder activity in a different location from the folders for each standard. Students would move to the grading center, where only ink pens were provided to grade their work.
#7 ❤◦.¸¸. ◦✿ Students next recorded the assignment and grade on a chart that was stapled to the back of their portfolio folders. You may click on the image below to download this chart.
Once the system was set up, students were responsible for the ongoing record keeping. I felt the process was extremely successful. Students showed improvement, and I met the requirements of the evaluation.