I need some ideas for my Portfolio!I am currently working on my last assignment for my college English 102 course.  We are having to do a portfolio discussing our accomplishments on a specific...

I need some ideas for my Portfolio!

I am currently working on my last assignment for my college English 102 course.  We are having to do a portfolio discussing our accomplishments on a specific 'course outcome', and show how we came to meet that outcome.  The course outcome I have decided to discuss and show evidence of is "becoming an effective researcher and writer of research papers as a member of an active writing, reading, and researching community".  The last aspect of our portfolio is titled "wild card".  It can be anything that we believe represents our outcome completion; a song, poem, picture, etc.  Anything!  I need some ideas, because I have NONE!  Please HELP!!!

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Play to your strengths.  What are you good at?  If you are an artist, do something artistic.  If you write poetry, write a poem.  If you are a mucisian, compose something.  The idea is to apply what you learned in the course in a unique and meaningful way.  Go where your heart takes you, and you can't go wrong.

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mitchrich4199 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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I agree with the answer above. I think there is a lot to be said for the "reflective" nature of active writing. I suggest that you think back on your experiences and focus on one specific instance that made you ecstatic about the prospect of becoming a teacher. For instance, during my student teaching experience, the one memory I have that sticks out above all others, is when a student was having trouble in my class and he wanted to come in and talk to me about how he could improve. This doesn't seem like a very significant memory on the outside, but when you look at the details, it can sum up all the wonderful elements of being a teacher and the important things that you know you will do on a daily basis. I would write about this student's shy nature and difficulty expressing himself and how important a step he took in coming to me for help. A piece of writing from an English teacher can go a long way!

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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If the "Wild Card" element of the portfolio is somethign based on student choice, I would suggest that selecting any work sample you have composed over the course's duration and arguing it as a example of "active writing," might be a good path to pursue.  Using the portfolio method, in its very definition, is based on student selected choice.  You select what goes inside the portfolio and how you debate and discuss it becomes the critical element of the class.  I think that being able to select anything you have done in the course of the class and argue how it is representative of "active writing" could work for you. It can show growth and maturation, as well as how you have advanced towards the realm of "active writing." This will involve being able to argue what defines "active writing" and how your work sample represents this conception is something that will allow you freedom within the paradigm presented.

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