Encourage Students to Reflect on Their Growth with This Free Slides Portfolio Template

“We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” Paraphrase of John Dewey’s work 

One of the most important ways to end the year is by getting students to reflect on the learning journey in your class. They need to reflect on the purpose of different tasks and projects. They need understand what learning they achieved and think about how to use this learning in their future classes and life. Students also need to own their achievements and feel proud no matter their final grades. I created a hassle free Student Portfolio Google Slides Template below free for you to edit as you like and share with students within minutes. Just follow the instructions below. I’ve also included information about how I assessed the portfolio. This portfolio doesn’t need to have been started at the beginning of the year and only takes about 1 or 2 class periods for students to complete depending on your setup and technology access. Students are given instructions on how to include screenshots or link to their published work. In the notes section, students are provided with reflective questions to answer. If you like this template then find over 30 templates and handouts in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning with Missions or sign up for my new In-Service / Graduate online courses this summer, Connected Educators: Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Professional Development, and Methodologies for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Receive credit through Andrews University in New York.

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How to Use this Template

I’ve included a screenshot below to help you with the following instructions:

  • Click this link, Student Portfolio Google Slides Template, then click Use Template.
  • Edit the template as you wish, including the Speaker Notes Section below each slide.
  • Don’t forget to edit the Title slide with your class information and your name.
  • Rename your template then provide students with the Template link by clicking on the Shareable link. Copy the Shareable link then replace the last part of the URL, edit?usp=sharing, with template/preview.
    • Example= https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/17OfUe8sJ0cg5mMHx1vsq2Y84-gNnWAIin-EeWpcrirM/edit?usp=sharing would be https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/17OfUe8sJ0cg5mMHx1vsq2Y84-gNnWAIin-EeWpcrirM/template/preview
  • Once students copy the template they edit with examples of their assignments and their reflections. Make sure to provide them with instructions to provide you with the Shareable link so you can access their portfolios.

I assess the following criteria:

  • Work Examples and Reflections- The student attaches accessible examples of their work which meets the requirements and criteria. Each example is followed by a well-developed and thoughtful reflection.
  • Final Reflection- An overall reflection is included which describes the student’s growth throughout the course.
  • Grammar/Mechanics/Spelling- The student makes no errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics.

Below is an example of some of the template filled out by a student:


Challenge: Get students to reflect on their learning journeys!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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