Teaching children to self-reflect is a very powerful, very effective way to engage students in their own learning! With these 5 different forms, you can help all learners become reflective students. I used these when I had a 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 might be interested in this Get-to-Know-You Activity where you can use the contents for decorating your portfolio wall! "A Bag Full of ME!"
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