When I began using portfolio assessment in my classroom, I decided to include a section in the portfolios for each content area, but I also wanted to add an affective element to the portfolios. I did this by designating one portfolio pocket as the “All About Me” section. This section includes an All About Me booklet that the students fill out on the first day of school, their Personality of the Week posters and letters from home, and a booklet called the Month-to-Month Me.
This is a booklet that we compile throughout the entire year. At the beginning of the school year the students receive the front cover and they complete a handwriting sample and draw a self-portrait. These pages are stapled together and put into their portfolios.
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Each month we add one new page to the booklet. Topics include:
- hobbies and interests
- likes and dislikes
- my family
- my friends
- my school
- my future
- summer plans
I originally got this idea from Linda Schwartz’s book The Month to Month Me. I used her version for my 3rd through 5th grade students, but found that I needed to adapt it for use with my younger students. Hers can be purchased at Amazon. You can download my adaptation below: