This article provides guidance on creating a portfolio for students. It includes an introduction, a diary template, a learning activity section, and a references and appendices section. The article also provides a learning outcome criteria table to help students achieve the desired results. The diary template includes a week-wise format for class, activities, observation notes, and reflection. The learning activity section requires students to justify and evaluate their activity with reference to relevant literature and reflective practice. The references and appendices section includes a comprehensive reference list and relevant appendices. The article suggests that a 3,700-word portfolio is sufficient to meet the learning outcomes.
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Guidance on writing your Portfolio Your portfolio should be presented in the following order and must include:1. An introduction: A brief description of the context within which observations are carried out (eg type of school/college, rural/city location, year group).2. The Diary: An ongoing summary in the form of a field diary of events, activities and critical reflection (you can choose your own diary layout but see the following page for an example of a diary template): It is useful to write your diary of each session as you go along – do NOT leave this or you will have forgotten many of your experiences and insights, and this will be reflected in the qualityof your work.This section should not exceed 1800 words (approximately 100 words per entry). Your diary (in the form of raw notes) is likely to be longer than this to begin with but you will need to select the most relevant and appropriate parts to present for the purpose of the portfolio. These entries should provide a basis for the learning activity.3. Learning Activity: This section must provide a justification and critical evaluation of your learning activity. The activity can be with an individual pupil, a small group or with the whole class. Importantly, the activity must relate to your observations providing you with a cause for introducing the learning activity. In planning your learning activity, you will need to demonstrate that you have drawn on relevant literature to inform the planning and delivery of the activity. You should conclude with a critical evaluation of the impact of the activity with direct reference to relevant literature and reflective practice. You should also comment on the implications for your practice and/or future career development. This section will form the most substantial part of your portfolio and should meet all the learning outcomes (2700 words). 4. References and Appendices: A comprehensive reference list and, if appropriate, appendices if they are relevant to your work, such as any learning resources used, lesson plans (see later example in handbook), etc. However, do not insert materials if you do not make reference to them in your work. Please follow the Harvard system of referencing (see later guidelines).
A diary template: An example you can follow.Week 1ClassActivitiesObservation notesHere you would give the date, timeand topic of lesson/activityHere you would state whether whole class/small group/one to oneHere you would list the activities observed Here you would note your comments onthe activities observed, including any critical events Reflection and key Insights gained: Following observation you should reflect on your observation experience and note any key insights gainedLesson PlanBackground information
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