It is important to include all of the following:
- Cover Letter “About the author” and “What my portfolio shows about my progress as a learner” (written at the end, but put at the beginning). The cover letter summarizes the evidence of a student’s learning and progress.
- Table of Contents with numbered pages.
- Entries - both core (items students have to include) and optional (items of student’s choice). The core elements will be required for each student and will provide a common base from which to make decisions on assessment. The optional items will allow the folder to represent the uniqueness of each student.
Students can choose to include “best” pieces of work, but also a piece of work which gave trouble or one that was less successful, and give reasons why.
- Dates on all entries, to facilitate proof of growth over time.
- Drafts of aural/oral and written products and revised versions;
i.e., first drafts and corrected/revised versions.
- Reflections can appear at different stages in the learning process (for formative and/or summative purposes.) and can be written in the mothertongue at the lower levels or by students who find it difficult to express themselves in English.
a. For each item - a brief rationale for choosing the item should be included.
This can relate to students’ performance, to their feelings regarding their
progress and/or themselves as learners.
Students can choose to reflect upon some or all of the following:
- What did I learn from it?
- What did I do well?
- Why (based on the agreed teacher-student assessment criteria) did I choose this item?
- What do I want to improve in the item?
- How do I feel about my performance?
- What were the problem areas?
For the whole portfolio (the cover letter – see above)