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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Showcase Portfolios: Happiness Survey

Students will create showcase portfolios at the end of the week.

They'll add assessments, writing pieces, projects, quotes, covers, and more to their portfolios. They'll also fill out an assessment about their learning to date. I'll share that assessment later in the week as each year I create a template that matches the main learning/teaching focus of the year to date.

I want students to also fill out a happiness survey as one way to develop their metacognitive skill and awareness. I also think it will be fun for them to have this happiness survey in their showcase portfolio to share with family members during upcoming conferences and to look back on over time.

The happiness survey will start with this quote:

"Do more of what makes you happy."

The questions will include the following:

1. Name and/or draw five sights that make you happy. Be specific as you can be.

2. Name and/or draw five sounds that make you happy. Be specific as you can be.

3. Name and/or draw five smells
that make you happy. Be specific as you can be.

4. Name and/or draw five tastes that make you happy. Be specific as you can be.

5. Name and/or draw five events in life that make you happy. Be specific as you can be.

6. Name five people in your life that make you happy. Tell why those people make you happy.

7. What dreams do you have for your life so that you remain happy or so that you become even happier?

What makes us happy is important to consider as when we are happy we are able to access and utilize our best skills and attitudes. We typically thrive when we are happy.