by Rob van Nood
"#1. Portfolios need to be in the hands of the student. From my own experience, and from research that I have followed, one of the biggest determinants in portfolio success (read that as “authentically integrated into a student’s learning”) is the autonomy of the student to create and manage it. When school’s institutionalize it too much it becomes “just another thing that schools make us do.” In addition, it shouldn’t become another thing teachers need to run. A big part of this revolves around making sure that students see and use portfolios beyond the classroom. They begin to document, reflect upon and share the learning that is happening in all aspects of life. When that is happening in an authentic way you know that portfolios have really taken hold. How we support students to be more in control of the entire portfolio process?"
Via Jim Lerman, Rui Guimarães Lima