During a recent visit to our elementary art classroom, I saw students in various stages of their personal learning projects. Some were heavily engaged in their work within the medium of their choice, such as sculpture or fiber arts. Others were capturing their work using the app Seesaw to showcase and self-assess their learning. The teacher was busy but not as we typically imagine: checking in on student progress, offering feedback on their process, and ensuring students were submitting artifacts of their work that truly represented their best efforts.

When she saw me, the school principal, she surprised me...

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  • About the Author:

    Matt Renwick is an elementary principal in Mineral Point, Wisconsin and a former fifth- and sixth-grade teacher. He is the author of Digital Portfolios in the Classroom: Showcasing and Assessing Student Work (2017) and 5 Myths About Classroom Technology: How Do We Integrate Digital Tools to Truly Enhance Learning? (2015), both published through ASCD. You can connect with Renwick on Twitter (@ReadByExample) and at his website.