Grades are turned in for the adjunct English Comp class I taught this semester at NSC. There weren’t any great surprises from the final portfolios. Not really. By the time we get to the end of the semester for the Eng 100 class, everyone pretty much knows where they are.
I like portfolios at the end of classes. The collection of “artifacts” from the semester along with some sort of personal self assessment. I’m mixed on the use of the word “artifacts.” I get it and in some way think it’s cool, and in other ways think it’s Liberal Arts Speak.
Anyway, I like the use of portfolios. There were several reflection pieces this semester where the students actually explored the concept of what they learned.
The bottom line, and it’s my favorite thing about teaching composition classes, is that all my students, even the ones who didn’t get the best grades, are all better writers today than they were a few months ago. That, for me, is what it’s all about.