This product is great to use with all ages and at the beginning of the year! Kids are given a brown paper bag with this product stapled to the front. Kids are challenged to find creative ways to represent themselves through a series of statements. For example, for favorite snack they might bring in a wrapper from that snack. What I typically like to do after everyone has shared, is take some of the items from their bag to add to our portfolio wall. A portfolio wall is a bulletin board divided into equal parts depending on the number of students in your class. This wall houses student work that your students select and evaluate to hang up. I have the kids decorate their “space” on the wall with pictures of their family, items from their bag and anything else that they can think of to personalize their space! This board remains a constant and the only thing that changes is the work and their evaluations! I let parents know ahead of time that work will come home in bulk, usually once a week or once every two weeks. I use a hanging folder for each child labeled with their name and this is where their work is stored once it has be graded or been given feedback by me. Usually on Fridays, I hand each student their “portfolio” folder and they select and reflect on one piece of work to showcase. We have many discussions around how to select work and that we don’t just put up our best but work that might show progress. This always allows EVERY child to participate and you will never have to worry about being equitable in what you are displaying! It’s genius!
You may be interested in Select and Reflect Forms
to accompany your portfolio wall!
***Remember when you purchase products on TpT and then RATE them, you are getting TpT credits that turn into dollars!!!