A monthly assignment that helps teachers & students build effective portfolios. This version is for intermediate students - click here for the junior version for grades 3-5
The assignment asks students to choose two pieces from their finished work - one writing piece, and another piece from any subject. They then write reflection questions on each piece. (This satisfies the writing reflection requirement in the Ontario Curriculum)
The students also write a few paragraphs describing their academic goal for the next month.
Finally, this assignment comes with a checklist for evaluation, as well as space to record notes from student/teacher conferences.
I use this assignment in my language and home room classes. We complete the assignment each month, which generates complete packages for their student portfolio. Because the students have to respond to their grades and identify their own areas for growth, it highlights the students' strengths and weaknesses (in their own words!) and feelings about their work. The results of these assignments serve as an excellent reference during parent teacher conferences to keep things student-focussed. (VERY helpful in a school where parents can be demanding and/or critical of teachers!)