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Portfolio ProjectWhat is a portfolio?A portfolio is a collection of work developed by the student to demonstrate mastery of stated objectives. Portfolios are collections of student work representing a selection of performance. Portfolios in classrooms today are derived from the visual and performing arts tradition in which they serve to showcase artists' accomplishments and personally favored works. A portfolio may contain a student's evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of their experiences. It may also contain one or more works-in-progress that illustrate the creation of a product, such as an essay, evolving through various stages of conception, drafting, and revision. Portfolios emphasize the student's role in developing and conveying understanding. For example, portfolios can be a record of the activities undertaken over time in the development of skills or content. They can also be used to support cooperative teaming by offering an opportunity for students to share and comment on each other's work. For example, a videotape of students performing critical evaluation of each other's skills at various points during the semester. DiscussionPortfolios demonstrate the student's best work to an "expanded student record" that holds a full representation of the student's work. Some portfolios serve as a representative sample of a student's work, showing the range of performance and experience. Such records usually hold far more information than can be gained through traditional examinations. Contents of the Portfolio Any classroom assignment or field experience project that is evidence of your continual learning in the areas specified through various objectives should be placed in your portfolio. Only work that has been generated by you is eligible. HOW DO I DEVELOP AND DOCUMENT MY PORTFOLIO?Although there is no single correct way to develop a portfolio, students are expected to collect, select, and reflect. While portfolios were developed on the model of the visual and performing arts tradition of showcasing accomplishments, portfolios in classrooms today are a highly flexible instructional and assessment tool, adaptable to diverse presentation methods. For example: In order to document your experiences and achievements, it would be good to have some kind of standard 'format' that could becomepart of your portfolio that you will continue to build upon. Depending on how you are approaching the creation of a portfolio, you could choose to use any media to communicate your mastery of content or subject matter. You can perform written record,multimedia displays, videos, etc. You can choose to match your medium to the task involved. Some examples include:
The STARR Activity Record- This allows you to document a specific experience in terms of the situation, task, actions, results and reflection.