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  1. The Lifework Portfolio http://www.ednet.ns.ca/pdfdocs/curriculum/lifework_portfolio_teaching_resource.pdf

  2. What is a Lifework Portfolio? a purposeful selection of items that students gather throughout their years in secondary school. This resource serves as a guiding link connecting a student’s experiences to the world of lifelong learning and work. The portfolio provides a chronological record of a student’s personal growth and achievement as he or she plans, develops, and documents pathways to a successful career.

  3. The purpose of the portfolio. The LifeWork Portfolio will provide students with opportunities to • use items for a variety of purposes, such as applying for a community work placement, seeking admission to an educational institution, or seeking employment • involve families and mentors, guidance counsellors, classroom teachers, and administrators, as well as others who provide support to students • use their portfolios as a focus for conferences with peers, families, teachers, and others to showcase their achievements and reflect on their educational and career plans • communicate aspects of their abilities and growth by selecting, formatting, and presenting their portfolios

  4. Benefits of a portfolio experience. As students develop their portfolio they will be able to: • clarify their interests, abilities, and aspirations • grow in confidence and pride in themselves and their accomplishments • establish goals and develop plans • identify their strengths and their learning needs • recognize transferable skills • see the connections among courses and between school and community • illustrate their growth and achievements in school and in the community • take responsibility for their personal growth and career development • document, develop, and market their skills

  5. What to include in your portfolio. Because of the developmental and individual nature of the portfolio, the content will vary in order to best meet the immediate educational and career planning needs of the student. The content should be selected and organized within a framework of goals. Goals must be identified by the student and reviewed /revised periodically. A specific LifeWork Portfolio must include a résumé and may include documentation (artifacts) of the student’s education.

  6. Format. • Both electronic and hard copy portfolios may be developed. • Suggested sites such as: weebly, yola, glogster, prezi, voicethread, etc. • There is also nothing wrong with a good old fashioned hard copy.

  7. The Process • See Handout…