Activity: Introducing Parents and Students to FreshGrade

Portfolios are new to parents and students and can be intimidating. Here are a couple of tips to get you started.

Tip 1: Introducing Portfolios through a Written Post

Provided by Surrey School District, British Columbia Canada.

When learning a new skill it always helps to have a jumping off point.

We have pulled together an example a note you can add to your student's portfolios to give parents a place to start.

Parents, here are some possible sentence starters to help begin and maintain conversations around what you are seeing in your child's learning portfolio:

  1. Why did you choose to post _______?
  2. Why do you think your teacher posted _______?
  3. I noticed how you.... (be specific, focusing more on perseverance and less on 'ability,' avoid phrases such as 'You're so smart,' 'you are such a talented artist.')
  4. I am so proud that you are now able to...
  5. I can see that you tried really hard to...
  6. Look - now you can ...
  7. You have improved in...
  8. I can see evidence of growth... You used to... but now you...
  9. When I compare these two pieces of work, I notice...
  10. When you look at these two pieces of work, what do you notice?
  11. I know you found this work challenging, but look at how you...
  12. Before you had trouble with... but now you can...
  13. At the beginning of the year you did not know... but now...
  14. I was pleased with how you did this work because...
  15. I can see you are doing better at...
  16. Can you explain your thinking about this_______?
  17. You achieved your goal of_______!
  18. I can see evidence of growth toward your goal because...
  19. What I like about this work (artifact) is....
  20. I am impressed with this work because...
  21. One way at home that we can try to help you is...
  22. What do you think you could do differently next time?
  23. How else do you think you could_______?
  24. Did_______ turn out the way you expected?
  25. I know _______ didn't go as you planned, but I can see that...
  26. Tell me about...



or


Dear Parents,


Important points to remember as you and your child interact with their digital portfolios...

1. What does the artifact of learning communicate? What was your child (or their teacher) trying to share by posting this artifact?

2. Portfolios are not about judgements of work. The best conversations are those when we give feedback or asking questions that stretch thinking. That moves learning forward!

3. Who owns the learning? Who selected the evidence of learning? What role did your child play in this process? Is your child able to accurately assess their learning with evidence?

4. Process trumps product. Sometimes the final product of learning does not honour and reflect all the work that came before it. Comment on the product, but don't forget to focus on the process of learning that led up to the actual artifact.

Here are some possible sentence starters to help begin and maintain conversations around what you see in your child's learning portfolio...

1. Why did you choose to post ____?

2. Why do you think your teacher posted ____?

3. I am so proud that you are now able to ____

4. I can see that you tried really hard to ____

5. Look - now you can ____

6. Before you had trouble with ____ but now you can ____

7. I was pleased with how you did this work because ____

8. Can you explain your thinking around this ____?

9. I am impressed with this work because ____

10. Do you think you need some help with ____?


Tip 2: Introduce Parents / Student's to FreshGrade through Video


Finding time to connect with families can be difficult. We have a simple tip for you to easily connect with your families.


In the comments below please share how you plan to introduce students and families to FreshGrade.

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