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Nani

I haven't used portfolios in my own teaching but here's an idea that could workwell, that one of my high school teachers used--everytime we wrote something, we had to attach a metatext describing our process and what we wrote. I think this served to keep reflection current and relevant, and is less overwhelming than reviewing everything once or twice a semester. I would have to look through my high school folder (yes I still have it!) to find the questions we were supposed to address in the metatext. Sometimes, the metatext was merely scribbled at the end of the paper and other times, it was one typed paged attached to the assignment.

aschoolyardblogger

Another question might be a forward looking one. What do you feel you need to work on and how might you go about that? My portfolios had three parts, a cover letter summarizing the work done in the period, papers chosen that indicated the highest level of understanding of the specific concepts covered along with a statement as to why the paper choice is appropriate, and a reflective discussion piece on personal growth.

Dana Huff

I'm doing portfolios for the first time, too. I teach at a small private school, so I probably have fewer students, but I ask them to put each piece they write into the portfolio (actually I photocopy each essay, and I put the copy in the portfolio) and reflect on each piece on this insert: http://www.huffenglish.com/handouts/writingfolderinsert.rtf. It's too early to tell what sort of impact it will have on their writing.

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