Here is an example of a document that I want to include in my son's portfolio. I refer to it as a montly evaluation / review document.
1. I want an edit box to come up that will automatically put in the labels for me. For example, if I say I am creating October Evaluation / November Goals the headers would automatically be created.
2. The courses would be obtained from the course database file and the appropriate headers created.
3. The heading stuff should be autocreated.
4. Each subject should be stored independantly in the database. This would allow somebody to review the data by either month by month or by subject by subject.
5. Right now I do not have any electronic items to include. But in the future I will, most of them will be narrations either student written or that I transcribe. Anyway, there should be the option to link in samples of work.
6. The order of the items listed in the Review is the order that they should be presented in the portfolio.
A. Present by month or present by subjects.
B. Show all reports first and then sample work. Report, sample work, report, sample work. etc.
C. Auto create logical presentation of the items, similair to DocBooks with a table of contents that is autogenerated, an index, and jump to next section, jump to next page, jump to next month, jump to next subject.
What I am talking about probably applies more to younger students than high school or college level, but the underlying concepts should apply. An example of a college one would be:
Wrote a program in PHP to create portfolios.
Source code: <here>
Requirements Doc: <here>
Test plan: <here>
User docs: <here>
<Previous Page> <toc><section> <next page>
My favorite course in history was US Community history, because it changed my perspective of history from simply facts and dates to people. We visited the <history museum>, and I wrote a final project on <an event in my hometown>.
Basically the goal is to make it personal while showing off the abilities of the student.
Student Monthly Evaluation and Goals
Shlomo Newman, Grade 1, October 2006
We did not do any formal learning of reading skills. Shlomo did independent reading almost every day. He would pick his own selection to read and read it at the best of his ability. For words that he did not know, he made his best guess as opposed to just giving up.
We are going to review CVC words through tracing, Copywork and dictation.
We were working on writing the letters of the alphabet. Shlomo can copy the letters by looking at the letter and writing it freehand, but there are some letters where he still has trouble writing them from rote memory. He also has trouble remembering if he should start the letter in the middle or the end of the line.
We are going to use our phonics workbooks to practice tracing letters and writing them by seeing the word next to the area to write in.
We worked on logic skills (mazes, games: checkers, games: chess, games: battleship, etc.). Shlomo also worked on using math in real life, for example, he learned how to properly record our window measurements, so we can buy plastic for them for the winter.
Start again our Kumon Math Workbooks, Simple Addition. We are going to work on creating a calendar (Jewish and English).
Shlomo worked on the planets and how they affect the seasons: rotation around the sun makes a year. Rotation of the moon around the earth makes a month. Rotation of the earth on its axis makes a day. We also talked about why there is winter and summer and why the seasons are reversed in the different hemispheres.
Shlomo is going to make a calendar (Jewish and English). This will also touch on math. We will also do some science experiments.
Shlomo studied Ancient Egypt. We learned about Pharos, Egypt Geography, Nile River, Hieroglyphics, Ramses II, King Tut, Mummies, pyramids, sphinx, and some basic talk about the religion of Ancient Egypt (multiple G-ds, Animal representation of G-ds, Pharaoh King G-ds). We also talked about the bible stories that took place in Ancient Egypt in the Exodus story.
Shlomo will continue to study Ancient Egypt in terms of the society: how people lived and the items that they used. We will them move onto Mesopotamia, and the stories that took place in that area from the bible – stories from Genesis. Finally, if there is time, we will talk in general about the three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Muslum. This last part may carry over into December.
The study of the Calendar will cover some social study topics.
Shlomo played around with art supplies.
Begin the 1st grade curriculum for Art Print study.
Shlomo played around with the keyboard making up his own music.
Shlomo will begin the study of musical notation from “Piano is easy”.
Shlomo reached lesson 20 in his computer Hebrew Reading Program. He is relying on whole word techniques for reading as opposed to sounding out the words.
We will finish his Hebrew reading program. We will begin a phonics reading book to help with these skills or we may just move onto the next program level. Even he is not getting everything out of the computer program at least it will be building a foundation.
Did not do anything with Hebrew Writing.
Shlomo is still not showing an interest in working on this skill. Will hold off for another month. By using a computer program and cutting/pasting activities, this should not be a major issue at the current time.
Learning Hebrew words that are related to Jewish items: Torah, Ner Tamid, etc.
We will be learning Jewish Holidays and the Jewish Calendar.