Art Room Portfolio Organization

I wish I had those flat file drawers or horizonal shelves, but I don't. Here's how I deal with portfolios.

My school is on an A - E day schedule. The first full day of the school year will be A day and we will continue from there. I love it because it ensures that no class will fall behind.

First, I divide my classes by A - E days with heavy cardboard pieces that are taller then the portfolios. It's much easier for me to sort by day then by grade.
"How do all the student portfolios fit in one tub?" They don't, by the end of the year I will need 4-5 tubs. 
 Next, each class is separated by a clip labeled with the class code. 
 As you can see all classes are in order by the schedule and not grade. Another easy way to grab and go or put away.
 Finally, every class has it's own "Master Portfolio" where I put all finished/graded work. Behind the master portfolio will be the student portfolios followed by class table folders that hold continuing projects. 
You may be wondering where the student portfolios are. I don't pass them out until our first "Ketchup Day". I believe that it is more beneficial to introduce the portfolio on the day you will actually utilize it. I usually have ketchup day after every third project. 




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Nicole Caulfield said...

What do you use to make the portfolios? In a year I have almost 600 kids (change each quarter) and I'm looking for a cheap solution!

Becca Ruth said...

Nicole, I have used poster board, railroad board, and 18x24 60 weight drawing paper. Look for size and durability.

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