2RATIONALE:According to the Glossary of Education Reform (2014), a portfolio is a compilation of studentwork assembled for the purpose of (1) evaluating coursework quality and academic achievement,(2) creating a lasting archive of academic work products, and (3) determining whether studentshave met learning standardsor academic requirements for courses, grade-level promotion, andgraduation. Portfolios can be a physical collection of student work that includes materials such aswritten assignments, journal entries, completed tests, artwork, lab reports, physical projects, andother material evidence of student learning progress. Portfolios areutilized at the elementary,middle, and secondary school levels, they are used in day-to-day instruction to help studentsreflect on their own work products and academic progress. By closely monitoring learningprogress over time using portfolios, both teachers and students can highlight academic strengths,identify learning weaknesses, and recognize accomplishments and growth (edglossary.org). Aportfolio can be a very effective tool as it relates to what students are doing and learning in theclassroom. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to provide a portfolio design for elementarystudents. Reading will be the subject evaluated by giving examples of reading activities andbreaking down those activities as evidence of the student’s progress.PURPOSE:The fundamental reason for establishing a reading portfolio is so the stakeholders (i.e., teacher,student & parent) will have an actual product, tool, framework or collection of sources toreference for best practices, solutions or criteria to determine a standard of performance incomprehension, vocabulary, sight words and phonics.
3COLLABORATIVE LEARNING GOALS:Collaborative learning is a technique teacher’s use to group students together to impact learningin a positive way. Proponents of collaborative learning believe it helps students in many ways.Collaborative learning theorizes that working together increases learning outcomes.Collaborative learning can occur one-on-one or in small groups between just two students; it mayalso occur within a larger group in a variety of forms. Children learn most by being active. Oneprimary goal for collaborative learning focuses on active participation, which encompassesmoving around, drawing, creating, and performing. Another goal is for learning to be studentfocused and not content focused. This means that when planning for instruction, the teachershould consider how a student learns and what methods to use to enhance learning(). In summary, collaborative learning is a processwhere student’s support andrely on each other to achieve an agreed-upon goal.