Day 185 (of 187) reading end of year comments
One of the jobs of a principal is to review summative reports – whether for eportfolios or for report cards. I’ll be honest and admit I like reading them…or at least I used to.
My recent challenge is that I get so much more information about the learner by looking at eportfolios. I love seeing the work that has been selected as artifacts of learning. I like seeing standards next to writing/reading/numeracy to show the different ways student can accomplish connections to the Big Questions that make up BCs curriculum.
Report cards tend to tell me what type of student the child is (hardworking, sometimes unfocused, a good friend, etc) but the eportfolio review lets me see how the child learns. What the feedback was and how it was acted upon (or not…). I like seeing the creations not just being told that they should be proud of their xxxx.
Letters and numbers only tell part of the story. Reports can be over simplifications is the art that is “teaching and learning”. A summation can be:
I want to see more. Now that I have seen journeys of learning, summations just aren’t enough. A teaser to my thinking on this is here: https://technolandy.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/personalizing-learning-sampler.pdf