MATH 3703 – Portfolio

You will create a geometry portfolio which will consist of 4 parts (described below).  This portfolio is due on or before          .  Any portfolio turned in after the due date will be assessed a late penalty of 10 points.

Each section is expected to be neat and well organized, incorporating correct spelling and grammar.

In preparing your portfolio, it will be beneficial to look at the rubric that will be used to grade your portfolio.

Section 1- Geometry in ______________

In this section, you will display geometric ideas that we have covered/will cover this semester.  Note the following:

• This portfolio section should have theme.  For example, your theme could be “Geometry on Campus” and you would therefore feature geometric ideas that appear on campus.
• This portfolio section may include pictures cut from magazines OR it may consist of actual photographs.  If you would like to make a video, that is acceptable as well.
• The contents of this portfolio section should be labeled with appropriate definitions.  For example, a picture of parallel lines should be labeled parallel lines and the definition of parallel lines should be included.  If you are making a video, then the narration should include the label and its definition.  Definitions should be obtained from the text, class notes, and/or the glossary provided on the class web page.
• This portfolio section should be neat!
• Items should appear in the order that they are listed below.
• The following is a list of items that should appear in your portfolio:

1.      parallel lines

2.      perpendicular lines

3.      dihedral angle

4.      scalene, acute triangle (This is a triangle that is both scalene and acute.)

5.      isosceles, right triangle (This is a triangle that is both isosceles and right.)

6.      rectangle

7.      square

8.      rhombus

9.      circle

10.  pentagon OR hexagon

11.  prism

12.  pyramid OR cone

13.  cylinder OR sphere

14.  tessellation

15.  a figure with line symmetry and/or rotational symmetry

• One picture may be used to represent at most two of the above items.  Be sure that everything is clearly labeled.
• If there are any other geometric ideas that you would like to represent in your portfolio that would be great!
• This section of the portfolio is worth 30 points.

Section 2 – Geometry Tasks

This section consists of performance tasks that require you to take an in depth look at the geometry concept involved.  The links below lead to each task.  In addition to a description of the task, you will find a scoring rubric for the task.  Tasks will be turned in periodically throughout the semester.  Check the course schedule for due dates.  When you turn in your portfolio, you should include these graded tasks.

Each task is worth 25 points.  Therefore this section of the portfolio is worth a total of 100 points.

Section 3 – Article Reflections

Throughout the semester, you will read a variety of journal articles and be required to write reflections about them.  Your reflection should follow the format and guidelines contained in this document.  Reflections should be between 1 ½ to 2 pages in length and should be typed, double spaced, and 12 font.  A scoring rubric should be turned in with each one of these.  These are due at the beginning of class on the specified date (see course schedule).  Each article reflection is worth 5 points.

 Title Article 1 Learning Geometry: Some Insights Drawn from Teacher Writing Article 2 Young Children’s Ideas about Geometric Shapes OR The Role of Definition Article 3 Shape Up! OR Perimeter and Area through the van Hiele Model Article 4 Educating Hannah: It’s a What? OR Above and Beyond AAA: The Similarity and Congruence of Polygons

These reflections account for 20 points of the portfolio’s final grade.

Section 4 – Journal

This semester you will maintain a journal.  Note the following:

• Journal entries will be written either during class sessions or outside of class.
• Journal entries should be brought with you to class each day.
• If you are absent, you are still expected to complete the assigned journal entry.  It is your responsibility to complete this missed entry.  It is important to keep current in your writing and not fall behind.
• Journal entries should be written in complete sentence with correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
• Neatness is important!
• Please do not place your journal entries in plastic, protective coverings.
• Journal entries will be collected for grading purposes and to provide feedback on the specified dates (see course schedule).
• Not all journal writings will be scored.  Some will merely be read to provide feedback.
• Journal entries may be re-submitted in an effort to improve your score.
• Journal entries should each be on a separate page--no writing on the back of a page please.

Journal entries will be scored according to the following:

• 0 = The entry was missing OR only the journal prompt was included OR no meaningful response was given.
• 1 = A meaningful attempt to respond to the journal prompt was made but it was either incomplete or it fell far short of providing an accurate solution/response.
• 2 = A complete but inaccurate response was given OR a correct response was provided without a clear explanation.  For example, an inappropriate strategy led to an incorrect answer, OR some condition of the problem was ignored OR work leading up to the correct response was omitted.
• 3 = A thorough, accurate, clear response was provided.

The following proportion will be solved to get your score on this part of the project (which is denoted by x):

(your points earned)/(total # points possible) = x/30

The journal counts for 30 points of the portfolio’s final grade.