Posted by Joanna on May 30, 2019
What is a portfolio? A portfolio is a collection of work that is meaningful to your child and represents his or her achievements. Your child may choose to include his or her best work, a work that was difficult for him or her, or work that he or she enjoyed the most.
Portfolios engage students in the process of self-evaluation and reflection. Thinking critically about work allows students to develop metacognition, awareness about their own learning style. When students understand who they are as a learner, they can be independent and take responsibility for their learning; and they can set goals with their teachers that are appropriate and challenging.
When viewing a portfolio, be sure to ask your child questions about the pieces of work he or she has chosen. Here are some examples:
- Why did you choose this piece of work?
- What would you work on more if you had additional time?
- What do you know about ______ (e.g. the scientific method) that you did not know at the beginning of the year (or semester, etc.)?
- What did you learn about yourself through compiling this portfolio?
Students from kindergarten through middle school invite you to view their portfolios on June 7 at 2:15 p.m. Please join us as we share in our students’ growth and progress as it has unfolded over the course of the school year, collected in a portfolio!