ED 418/MED 518 - Learning Portfolio
A portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work that exhibits the student's efforts, progress, and achievements in one or more areas. The collection must include student participation in selecting contents, the criteria for selection, the criteria for judging merit, and evidence of student self-reflection. (Paulson, Paulson, and Meyer, 1991. p. 60)
Creating a Learning Portfolio is an alternative technique of summative assessment. Portfolios provide a powerful way to link learning with assessment. They can provide evidence of performance that goes far beyond factual knowledge and offers a clear and understandable picture of student achievement (Adams and Hamm, 1992. p.105)
Items to be included:
- Title Page
- Learning Portfolio
- your name
- ED 418/MED 518: Methods of Teaching Elementary Social Studies
- semester, year
- Fumie Hashimoto, Ph.D.
- Table of Contents: List of sections (tabs) included in the portfolio.
- You have a choice of including any of the following:
- Your class notes/Presenters' handouts
- Notes from guest speakers' visits (if any)
- Reflection papers
- Diversity Issues Section/ Diversity Agent Training
- Short reflection (paragraph) on each DIS/DAT article
- Lesson Plans & Thematic Unit Plan
- Class handouts
- ... and whatever you would like to add to your portfolio.
My goal in this class is for all of you to become successful teachers. I would like you to be familiar enough with the portfolio creation process that you will have a choice to use this form of assessment in your future teaching as an alternative assessment tool.
As you finish your portfolio to be turned in, please reflect upon this semester and answer the following:
- How has your attitude toward the teaching profession changed since the beginning of this semester?
- What do you know about Social Studies methods that you did not know before?
- What is the special item (section) in your portfolio?
- How did you organize the items? (planning strategies)