Elementary Education Portfolio


Introduction to the Elementary Education Certification Portfolio

All students in the Elementary Education certification program build a learning and professional portfolio as part of the curriculum.  The portfolio process helps students to become self-directed and self-motivated learners during their time in the program.  It encourages students to reflect on what they have learned and done, the connections they have made among coursework and practice, and how their academic accomplishments can contribute to their future goals.  School of Educational Studies (SES) portfolios are built through UW Google Sites.

About the Elementary Education Program

The portfolio process begins when students take B EDUC 425 Professional Practice Seminar.  In B EDUC 425, students are introduced to the five portfolio learning and knowledge themes:

  1. Classrooms as learning communities
  2. Knowing schools and society
  3. Knowing students
  4. Supporting student learning
  5. Teacher as learner

While taking SES theory and practice and pedagogy courses, students should archive all of their work on their portfolio site.

Each quarter, course projects, essays, and/or blogs will align with and contribute to portfolio entries for each of the five themes.

Portfolios include framing essays and evidence of learning based in work completed during the program.  The portfolio provides the capstone to students' learning in SES Elementary Education Certification, while also preparing them to communicate persuasively about their learning and abilities with future audiences, including a professional growth plan as a future teacher.

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Elementary Education Certification Portfolio Basics

Tutorial for Elementary Education Certification Portfolio Basics 

This tutorial will describe the process of using the UWB SES Elementary Education Portfolio. This is done in two areas, Google Drive and New Google SItes.

Create Evidence Folders in Google Drive

  1. Go to Google Drive and log in using your UW account. Google Drive is the cloud storage where you will save your evidence artifacts.
  2. Create an Evidence folder for the program (Organize your Files tutorial)
  3. Set the folder permissions to "Everyone with the link can view" (Share Folders tutorial) - This step is important because you set the view permissions once for all the subfolders and files uploaded to it.
  4. Within the evidence folder, create subfolders for each of the areas of study
    • Classrooms as learning communities
    • Knowing schools and society
    • Knowing students
    • Supporting student learning
    • Teacher as learner

IMPORTANT! Always add your evidence artifacts to the related Google subfolder before adding it to your eportfolio. This will ensure your instructors will be able to access the content you add to your eportfolio.

Create your ePortfolio

  1. Go to New Google Sites
  2. Log in with your UW email then your NetID and password.
  3. Click the Create button to create a new eportfolio.
  4. Name your site.
  5. When you are finished, click the Create button at the top of the page
  6. Take a look at the Elementary Education Certification Portfolio Model to preview all the required pages and subpages.
  7. If you need assistance with your eportfolio, go to the Open Learning Lab in UW2-140, Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm, to meet with a tutor.

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Share Your Site With Your Instructor

  • You will need to share your site with your instructor with "Can Edit" access. Be sure to indicate that you want these people notified via e-mail.
  • After your portfolio has met the program requirements as determined by your first and second readers, create a copy of the portfolio site with a new name for your own use. 
  • From the 3-dot menu at the top of the site, select Duplicate Site
  • You will be able to change the name of the site copy. Do not copy site members
  • The UW Bothell Education Program will remove all other users from the original site and archive it for program review purposes. You may retain the copy you made for your own reference.

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