Student portfolios can provide an alternative way to assess student work. Yet, they can become simply a catalog of things students have learned or an add-on at the end of a unit. In this blog post, Beth Holland, Johns Hopkins University doctoral candidate and EdTechTeacher instructor, offers ideas to ensure portfolios truly support student centered learning by helping students make connections to content and overall learning goals. She encourages educators to not get caught up in the many tools available for students to save, share and publish their work, but instead to focus on teaching students how to reflect daily in ways that will further learning.
This article can support any teacher using portfolios or interested in making a transition, it could also serve as a conversation starter for a school team that wants to increase the impact of portfolios to support deep learning.
Source Organization: Edutopia