I am copying the post I wrote for the 8th grade portfolios below:
So much work has gone into making these websites. Each student took a tour of his or her work since the beginning of this year. Each entry required a reflection of progress: an evaluation of what the project was, what went well, what was difficult, what was learned, and other information of interest.
We hope that you will look carefully at the work presented and leave comments that recognize these students as authentic and successful readers and writers. Feel free to comment on any or all student websites. One of the purposes of this project is to widen the audience my students have for their work. (This is infinitely more interesting than writing for your teacher only!) They would love to know what you think. To comment, please click on the blue comment link at the top of each entry.
Again, welcome! You will be amazed, as am I!
(In an ideal world, all content would be error free. The students and I have made every effort to make their work grammatically accurate, yet with the amount of writing and manipulation of the Weebly tools, errors may slipped through the cracks. Rest assured that every attempt has been made to present accurate work. At the same time, errors in writing can be used as formative assessment of student work. We can use these errors as guidelines for instruction. If you have questions about this process, feel free to contact me. )