What do you pass on?

Does your school have a pass along folder? Something that you record at several intervals along the school year, stick in a folder (digital or literal), and then it follows the student to the next level of their education?

Is it useful? Do future teachers look at it? Does it inform their practice? Why do you do it? What is the purpose of it?

During a brainstorming session with our school head, we wondered about what it would look like it we passed on strategies instead of work samples.

  • A rubric that really helped students write meaningful stories
  • A visible thinking strategy that they understand and are excited by
  • A list of verbs that help them design their own summative assessments

An artefact that became a tool that had influence over the group, and led to deeper and more meaningful learning. These ideas that we come up with, that really work, what happens to them in the long term? Are they forgotten? Are they lost? Does it continue to influence a students thinking and learning if it is no longer in their life? Are we trying to reinvent the wheel every year?

These artefacts need to grow, to expand, to be continually updated and improved, and they need to continually be part of our learning if they are going to have a lasting impact?

Isn't that what we should be passing on?


  1. I agree. We passed along 'yellow' folders for years. They were largely a compliance piece and were rarely used to inform teacher planning for student learning.
    I appreciate the idea of passing along strategies, observations and insights.
    Thanks for opening up this discussion.


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