What is it?
A portfolio is a collection of all the activities, which showcases your performance in class. Portfolios in classrooms today are derived from the visual and performing arts tradition in which they serve to showcase artists’ accomplishments and personally favored works. A portfolio contains the record of the activities undertaken over the course in the development of written products. It may also contain one or more works-in-progress that illustrate the creation of a product, such as an essay, evolving through various stages of conception, drafting, and revision.
There is no single way to develop your portfolio. You are free to use any format you want. You can collect all activities in a folder, three-ring binder, zippered case, videotape, or electronic form –disk- or even online. The most important thing to bear in mind is that you must build the content of the portfolio every class, not the night before the deadline to hand it in. Your portfolio has to record every single class assignment and activity we do, including one minute papers, small group activities, and proposals for the test banks. Additionally, you must include a title page, a table of contents, and a short summary essay, where you will reflect on two of the activities included in the portfolio. The idea is to redo and complete these two activities with knowledge acquired in the course after we originally did those two activities.
The portfolio demonstrates the skills you have learned in class. It is helpful for me to see your progress in attaining course and teaching objectives.
Also, it will help you learn to develop skills which you will be able to use in your professional or academic career. For example, you will be able to create career portfolios, which are increasingly used for job interviews and career promotions, as they are a very powerful tool to organize and synthesize your accomplishments, experiences, and works.