How to Put Together a Student Data Folder
Most classrooms I have been in the last 3 or 4 years have already adopted some type of this material, though all may not call them data folders. A data folder is a collection of student work and progress, which may also include graphs, parent signature sheets, student reflection pages, etc.
I like to use my data folders as a student reflection piece that the parent(s) must sign off on every 2-3 weeks. This is more up-to-date than mid-quarter interim reports, but not so cumbersome that I dread doing it every week. Plus, then the students do not get bored with the idea of doing them as a weekly matter of chore.
There are many pieces that could possibly go into a data folder, and it is discretion to decide what will best elaborate on students' learning. Ask other teachers or search for examples on the Internet
, and you are sure to see many possibilities.
My data folders are used to highlight what I feel the most important skills are in my classroom, which maybe different for you. Here is an example of my current data folder: