Portfolio notebooks or digital portfolios are a useful tool for students to keep a record of their learning activities in class and for teachers, parents, and the student to assess what the student knows and can do. Portfolios can contain entries that are formative (ongoing, as in health and skill-related assessments or fitness rubric) or summative (an end product, as in a written test or report).

Portfolios are beneficial in a number of ways…

  • Help students observe and document improvements in their work
  • Assist teachers with assessing student progress
  • Assist teachers to plan effective teaching strategies
  • Inform parents of student progress toward the goal of content mastery

Portfolio topics might include the following…

  • Activity and Fitness logs
  • Heart rate & activity graphs
  • Fitness plans
  • Vocabulary definitions
  • Health/physical activity fact sheets
  • Physical fitness test data
  • Skills related fitness data
  • Structured observations
  • Performance tasks
  • Peer and self-assessments
  • Four-level rubric criteria
  • Game strategies
  • Assignments
  • Drawings & Illustrations
  • Written tests and quizzes
  • Reports
  • Independent study journals
  • Reflections

Portfolios involve students monitoring and taking responsibility for their own learning. Although entries may contain self-check and peer-check assessments, teachers are ultimately responsible for the evaluation of student learning.  A portfolio log helps both student and teacher to keep track of learning and of class assignments throughout the school year.