Middle School Secrets

Middle School Secrets

Traits & Characteristics of Middle School Learners

By Lori Garrett-Hatfield

Middle school students have a unique set of wants and needs that separate them from the childhood years of elementary school but do not find them ready for the late adolescence of high school. They exhibit characteristics and behavior unique to early adolescence, and both teachers and parents should be aware of the differences.

Physical Characteristics

According to the California Department of Education, middle school students experience an acceleration of their growth and development. This may lead to enlarged noses, ears, arms or legs. Also, middle school students have fluctuations in their metabolism that may cause them to be nervously active sometimes and lethargic and sleepy at other times. Learner.org says adolescents in middle school are maturing much faster than their parents or grandparents did and have to confront sexual topics at an earlier age. They are extremely concerned about their appearance and how they look to others within their peer group.

Emotional Characteristics

There are several emotional characteristics of middle school learners, according to the California Department of Education. One is that girls mature both physically and emotionally faster than boys. Adolescents are self-absorbed and tend to exaggerate a single occurrence as something far more dire and complex than it actually is. They are sensitive and easily offended. Learner.org states that middle schoolers can be moody and feel alienated from people around them. They are also curious about the world around them and need time to explore safely.

Approach to Learning

Middle schoolers, according to the California Department of Education, are moving from merely thinking concretely to more abstract thinking skills. They are willing to learn if they feel the learning is meaningful. According to the National Education Association, middle school learners can hold between five to seven bits of information at a time, so teachers need to be sure not to overwhelm them with information. Middle schoolers are quick to distance themselves from adults — including teachers — who are insincere, or who they feel don’t respect their feelings and opinions. Learner.org states that adolescent learners benefit from moving around and hands-on experiences or experiments that allow them to draw conclusions based on the data. They will challenge authority figures to ascertain boundaries.

Other Traits

The moral development of middle schoolers, according to the California Department of Education, begins with a sense of idealism, the feeling that human beings are inherently good. Adolescents also have a sense of wonder about the changes they see in themselves and in their peer group. They depend on parents, church leaders and adults they trust to help them establish moral boundaries. For this reason, it is important that students in middle school have good role models in place to emulate and look up to.

Young adolescence is a pivotal time of physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. Middle school learners experience more development at this age than any other stage in their lives with the exception of infancy. The development of middle school learners profoundly impact their educational experience. Therefore, it’s essential for middle school educators to acknowledge the unique characteristics of middle school learners in order to maximize their learning experience.

1Physical

Middle school learners experience a wealth of physical changes. Although girls are often more physically advanced than boys, both boys and girls experience disproportionate bone and muscle growth that results in feelings of discomfort, awkwardness and restlessness. Students also experience frequent hormonal imbalances that lead to hunger, excitement or lethargy. When middle school educators are working with students, they should include a variety of activities that will appeal to their senses and keep them actively involved.

2Intellectual

Middle school students have short-term memories as well as short attention spans. Consequently, students should be presented with limited amounts of new information, allowing them time to retain material. Teachers should also provide opportunities that will help to reinforce prior lessons and concepts. Middle school learners look for relationships between lessons and life, and they desire active involvement in learning. They will also begin to clarify their ideas and discuss thoughts with others. Although students can be argumentative and inquisitive, they do not have the ability to fully comprehend abstract ideas. Therefore, middle school teachers should assign activities

that will help students develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills.

3Social

Young adolescents generally desire more autonomy. However, students also crave social acceptance and interaction. Students will begin to interact with the opposite sex, but their same-sex relationships will supersede those with the opposite sex. During this time, middle school learners will challenge significant adults and educators by testing their limits. However, it’s important for all adult family members and educators to continue expressing their love along with rules and expectations. Despite their behavior, middle school learners yearn for adult role models and guidance.

4Emotional

Characteristics of Middle Schoolers & 10 Ways to Help Them Succeed

Middle school learners are usually self-conscious, persistently judging themselves by their physical appearance and development. Due to fluctuating moods, middle school students are easy to offend yet can be inconsiderate to others. In addition to this, middle school students often believe that their problems and experiences are unique to who they are. Despite adult interaction, students feel that adults can’t possibly understand what teens are going through. Overall, middle school students seek to find out who they are as individuals.

Written by Ryan Stanley

With new halls, new classes and plenty of new friends — middle school is an exciting time for many kids.

But middle school brings new challenges as well, like learning how to be independent. There are also many physical and emotional changes your middle schooler will experience as they start their path to adulthood.

As a parent or guardian, you’re probably wondering how you can best support your middle schooler. Whether your child is starting out in 6th grade or already has their sights set on high school, we’ve got you covered in this article!

Learn more about what to expect from your child as they progress through middle school and get 10 tips on how to best support them.

5 Common characteristics of middle schoolers

Compare your child’s first day at elementary school to their last. You likely saw some big changes as they learned to write, do basic math and develop their own interests.

Just like elementary school, middle school is another huge milestone for your child’s development. Not only will your child’s learning advance, but they’ll also begin to show signs of maturity as they become teenagers.

Developing a mature mindset takes a lot of learning, and parents should expect to see some new characteristics in a child’s behavior as they go through middle school.

Here are five common characteristics that many kids in middle school share.

1. They can sometimes exaggerate

With so much change going on in their lives, middle schoolers are starting to learn how to respond to the wider world. They’re also learning how to judge how important things are, which can lead them to exaggerate. You might hear them obsess over a new TV show as the “best thing ever” or say they absolutely need to have the latest smartphone or gadget.

Exaggerating can also create conflict with kids at home and at school. In an argument, kids and preteens might use extreme words like “worst” to describe you, a teacher or a friend. Remember, they’re still learning and this is not a reflection of you — it’s how they’re processing their feelings.

 2. They might worry about what their friends think

As your child’s education goes up a gear in middle school, so does their social emotional learning.

Your middle schooler really values the opinions of their friends. Peer pressure is very influential as your child starts to find their identity in social groups — affecting what they wear, what they want and even what they say. This can cause them to overthink and stress over seemingly simple tasks like picking out an outfit.

3. They can be insecure about changes in their bodies

It’s not just your child’s school and friendship groups that change as they start middle school. Their bodies do too.

The middle school years can be challenging for many children as they become aware of their own bodies, especially if they enter puberty earlier or later than their friends do. These bodily changes can make them feel self-conscious about their appearance and affect their confidence levels.

As their parent, you can support them through this journey. Discuss their body image with them and encourage them to feel positive about their body.

4. They desire to be taken seriously 

Middle school is a crucial turning point in your child’s maturity.

As they learn, listen and become more self-reliant, they naturally expect parents to take them more seriously. Many won’t like being called a kid or child and may instead want to be seen as a young adult. They also expect their opinions to be validated.

Not taking their opinions or thoughts seriously can create emotional distance between you and your child. Don’t be afraid to answer your child’s more complex questions seriously — they will respect you for being a supportive parent.

5. They crave independence

While you might be used to doing a lot for your child when they were in elementary school, middle schoolers expect some independence. Gaining independence is an important stage for your middle schooler’s development as it sets them up for high school and adulthood.

Expect your middle schooler to want more independence over things like their choice of fashion, spending habits and how they spend their free time.

How to help middle school students succeed

While children in middle school face new challenges that can affect their behavior, they don’t have to face them alone. As their parent, there are many things you can do to help your child or preteen succeed through middle school.

Here are 10 tips that will help your child thrive in middle school:

1. Attend school academic events

Academic events like parent teacher conferences are excellent ways to understand your child’s progress in middle school. These events help you understand your child’s academic performance and how they feel about middle school.

If your child finds a particular subject hard, like mathacademic events will allow you to develop a strategy with your child’s teacher. These events are also a great platform to discuss supporting your child if you know or suspect they have a learning difficulty or disability.

2. Meet with the school counselor 

The school counselor is an essential part of your child’s support system as they transition to middle school. They’re there to support your child for their emotional, psychological and academic needs, including challenges like bullying, bereavement and relationship struggles.

Counselors are experienced professionals who help your child overcome obstacles in a safe and judgement-free environment. They also help deliver special education programs for students who experience challenges like anxiety or learning and behavioral difficulties.

Even if you feel your child won’t need to see the counselor in middle school, make sure both you and your child know how to communicate with them.

3. Know the school’s policies on discipline 

While no parent wants to hear that their child needs to be disciplined, knowing how discipline works at your child’s middle school can help keep them on the right track. It can also give you peace of mind that the school has a process ready if another child has misbehaved or been involved in bullying.

You can find information about the school’s discipline policies by:

  • Visiting the school’s or school district’s website
  • Asking your child’s teacher or school counselor
  • Reaching out to the school directly for more information
  • Reviewing the viewbook or parent information documents

When reading the policies, identify the expectations your child’s school has for its students. Try to share some of these expectations at home too, as this makes it much easier for your child to follow them.

4. Teach good organizational skills

Middle school brings a lot more independence than elementary school. Tasks like homework, school projects or having to move classrooms can be overwhelming.

Teaching your child organizational skills like time and task management can lower their stress levels and keep their academic performance up.

Time management is key for helping your child stay on top of their education and reduce stress. To help your child manage their time more effectively, you can:

  • Provide them with a planner or calendar
  • Help them set up astudy plan for tests
  • Teach them how to prioritize their tasks to meet deadlines

Task management is an important organizational skill for middle schoolers that teaches them how to get work done effectively. To help your child manage tasks, you can:

  • Give them a quiet study space to work without distraction
  • Make sure they have all the study materials they need for each task
  • Encourage them to break a big project into small, manageable tasks

Teaching your child how to organize their time and tasks will help them not just in middle school, but also as they enter high school and beyond.

5. Talk about school often

Whether catching up at dinner or chatting on the car ride to school, a check-in is a great way to understand how your child finds middle school and how to support them.

To start a check-in with your middle schooler, ask them open-ended questions. This will allow them to express their opinions and create a conversation. Ask questions like:

  • “What is your favorite class right now?”
  • “Who is your favorite teacher this year?”
  • “What did you learn about at school today?”
  • “What was the best and worst part of your day?”
  • “What is better and worse about middle school than elementary school?”

Check in with your child regularly and casually. Preteens are naturally more self-conscious than younger children and might find long sit-downs daunting, making them closed off instead of being open about school.

6. Speak about their feelings

Your child is likely experiencing a lot of new changes in middle school. This can generate some confusing and intense emotions.

Encouraging your child to be open about their feelings isn’t always easy. Just like with check-ins, middle schoolers can feel uncomfortable and vulnerable when expressing their feelings.

Here’s how to help your child speak up about their emotions:

  • Validate their feelings— Instead of trying to find a solution to their problems, recognize how they’re feeling and sympathize with them. Even small statements like, “I can imagine that must be tough,” will help your child feel more comfortable.
  • Share your own feelings— Create a safe space for your child. Tell them about positive and negative events that happened to you and how they made you feel.
  • Show trust and respect— Keep personal conversations with your child private when possible and let them know you respect them for sharing their feelings.
  • Give them time and space— Preteens are learning to regulate their emotions and might need some time and space before they can properly express how they feel.

7. Be involved in homework

As they become independent learners, middle schoolers are expected to manage tasks like homework on their own. But they may still need some help from time to time.

If you notice your child is falling behind on homework, discuss this with them to find out why. They could be finding a subject hard to learn or not know how to plan their homework time.

To support your child with their homework, arrange a time to go through it together. Encourage them to share what they’ve learned in class with you and tackle each section at a time.

And remember, if you don’t know how to answer a question — that’s totally okay! Parents aren’t expected to be homework experts, especially when you have other responsibilities. Simply let your child’s teacher know they find the task hard and may need some support.

8. Encourage healthy outdoor activity

With pressures like school and social media, it’s good for your child or preteen to disconnect and enjoy some fresh air.

Frequent exercise and activity supports your child’s physical development. Spending time outdoors also offers mental health benefits, especially if your child is learning remotely.

Try outdoor activities like:

  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Skating
  • Swimming
  • Team sports, like soccer and basketball

9.Help them explore their interests

Middle school is a great opportunity for your child to expand their horizons with new hobbies and interests. These interests will help them relax, make new friends and learn new skills for their future. 

Allow your child to explore their interests independently. Some children may want to do group activities like going to drama club or playing on the soccer team. Others may instead want to do relaxed activities like computer or art clubs.

As a parent, it’s healthy to encourage your child to take on activities and stick to them. But if you find your child isn’t interested in a club after several weeks, talk with them to find out why and discover what else catches their interest.

Some middle schools offer electives or the option to choose what topics they study. Electives are a great way for your child to explore an interest and be an independent learner at the same time. Your child may even discover a passion for a subject they want to take further at high school!

10. Give them some independence

Don’t forget to recognize your child’s independence as they go through middle school.

Learning how to balance respecting your child’s independence and taking care of them isn’t the easiest of tasks. But you can start to give them independence when it comes to:

  • Communicating— Explain to your child that independence comes with lots of exciting opportunities, but also plenty of responsibility. Talk about your expectations of their independence and the consequences if your child deliberately doesn’t meet them.
  • Managing money— Consider giving your child a small monthly allowance and teaching them how to save and budget for things like new games, clothes and events.
  • Socializing— Allow your child to make choices about who they spend time with. Instead of directly intervening in their social circles, listen to your child’s feelings and guide them on how to resolve the situation.

https://www.prodigygame.com/main-en/blog/middle-schooler/

https://classroom.synonym.com/traits-characteristics-middle-school-learners-17814.html

John Hattie – Visible Learning

We looked at John Hattie in an article recently, and I thought viewing a video where he talks openly about what “ingredients” lead to effective teaching would be helpful to us all.  


As you watch these videos -in PLCs or on your own -jot down some questions that jump out at you. You can share these with me, and we can then use them to share out (anonymously) among ourselves to collaboratively make us all stronger as a school.

John Hattie on Visible Learning and Feedback in the Classroom

John Hattie: Visible Learning Pt1. Disasters and below average methods

John Hattie, Visible Learning. Pt 2: effective methods:

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General Resources

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Edgenuity

Edgenuity, formerly Education2020 (E2020), is a standard-based online learning resource for school districts, which teaches kindergarten through 12th-grade in core, elective, credit recovery, technical, and career subjects, through both remedial and accelerated work. As of 2019, Edgenuity serves more than four million students in the United States.

Edgenuity was founded in 1998 as Education2020 Inc. (E2020), and in 2011, was purchased by the company Weld North for an estimated 50 million dollars. In 2014, Edgenuity launched My Path, a program learning path alternative for reading and math grades 6-12th. The same year, Edgenuity partnered with SOPHIA Learning to offer additional credit options.

Key points

Learning Coach – parents or guardians

Mentors- monitor progress

Edgenuity Calendar

Highly Qualified Mentors

Roles & Respoonsibilities

Student in mind

Special education focused support

Virtual open house provided by Edgenuity

Self-paced allows for making up work

Benchmarks are included in ELA & Math

Guardian account is just to observe

Different views- mentor, student, guardian

Dashboard guides you in monitoring process- pacing, inactivity, and last contact

504/IEP are uploaded to guide courses

Resources

GRADES

The Actual Grade is the grade on the work you’ve submitted, adjusted down if you are behind in progress.

The Relative Grade is the grade you get if all unfinished assignments are set to zero.

The Overall Grade is the grade on the work you have submitted. No penalty for any missing or overdue assignments.

GRADE EXPLAINATIONS

https://help.edgenuitycourseware.com/hc/en-us/articles/360043037074

MENTOR SUPPORT

STUDENT PROGRESS

OVERALL PLATFORM

Elementary Teacher Demo
·        URL: https://sislogin.edgenuity.com/
·        Username: demoteacher1
·        Password: DemoTeacher

Creating Student Portfolios

https://support.schoology.com/hc/en-us/articles/204991037-How-Do-I-Use-Portfolios-Enterprise-Only-

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Both students and educators need to communicate their achievements and to reflect on what they learn. Portfolios provide them with the ability to quickly and easily collect, organize, and share their work with others.

To access portfolios:

  1. Click your name in the upper right corner and select Your Profile.
  2. Navigate to Portfolios from the left menu under your profile picture.

Note: By default, all Enterprise users have permission to access portfolios. Your System Admin can enable or disable this feature.

System Administrators can enable the permission for users to create Portfolios with the following steps:

  1. Click Tools.
  2. Select User Management.
  3. Click Permissions.
  4. The Portfolios permissions are in the Users area of this page.
  5. Check the box corresponding to the permission Create Portfolios to enable Portfolio creation for the selected roles.

How to Create a Portfolio

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  1. Click your name in the upper-right corner of any page in Schoology.
  2. Select Your Profile.
  3. Click Portfolios in the left menu.
  4. Click New Portfolio to add a new portfolio to your account, or click on an existing portfolio on the page to edit it.

Portfolios Page

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  1. Click to change the cover image for the portfolio. This is the image that displays for the portfolio on the main Portfolios page.
  2. Click to title the portfolio. Your title displays below the cover image for the portfolio on the main page.
  3. Click “What does this portfolio mean to you?”  to add a description for the portfolio.
    This text displays when you hover over the cover image for the portfolio on the main page.
  4. Click Portfolio Items to open the menu, from which you can select:
    • Assignment Submissions.
    • Files from your computer. You may attach any file type with a size limit of 512mb.
    • Web links.
    • Web pages.

Note: Assignment Submissions that were submitted through the Google Drive Assignments app or OneDrive Assignments app are not supported in Portfolios. Instead, students can export the document and add as a file or add the direct URL shareable link.

See the sections Adding Items to a Portfolio below for more information.

  1. Added items display in the panel below the add button. Click and drag items to re-arrange them in your portfolio.
  2. The timestamp in the upper-right shows when the portfolio was most recently saved. To the right of the timestamp is the Undo button . Click it to undo your most recent action – for example, if you accidentally delete an item from your portfolio, click Undo to add it back.
    Note: The Undo button is a “single-level” function and cannot undo actions previous to the most recent one you completed.
  3. The number below the Undo button shows how many items are in the portfolio. The items number displays in the lower-left corner of the portfolio on the main page.
    This portfolio, for example, contains 12 items.
  4. Click the circle in the lower-right to publish the portfolio and make it viewable for other Schoology users.
    See the section Sharing Your Portfolio below for more information.

Adding Items to a Portfolio

After you add a portfolio, you can begin to build it with content added from your assignments submitted in Schoology, from your computer, from online links, and from web pages created directly in your portfolio.Note: Items housed in your Resources cannot be added to Portfolios.

You can add files from your computer to a portfolio by dragging and dropping one or more files onto the field below the Portfolio Items button. Alternately, you can click Portfolio Items and then:

  • To add Schoology assignments you’ve previously submitted in a course:
  1. Click Assignment Submissions.
  2. Select the course in which you submitted the assignment.
  3. Select the course in the list and then click Add Submission.

    You can also submit an assignment to a portfolio from the assignment itself by clicking the Submit to Portfolio button  in the Submissions area on the right side of the page.

Note: Assignment Submissions that were submitted through the Google Drive Assignments app or OneDrive Assignments app are not supported in Portfolios. Instead, students can export the document and add as a file or add the direct URL shareable link using the instructions below.

  • To add files from your computer:
  1. Click File and browse to the location where you’ve saved the content.
  2. To add the file, highlight and then click Open, or just double-click it.
    The portfolio item automatically takes the filename as its title, but you can edit the title by clicking into the text box.
  • To add web links:
  1. Click Link/URL to open the Add a Link window.
  2. Paste a URL to add a web page.
  3. Paste a video embed code to add an embedded video—for example from YouTube or Vimeo.
    The portfolio item automatically takes the webpage or embedded video’s name as its title, but you can edit the title by clicking into the text box.
  • To add a web page:
  1. Click Page.
  2. Enter a Title and Description for the page.
  3. Use the Rich Text Editor to design a page within your portfolio.
    Use the Insert Content tool to add multimedia, links, items from your Schoology Resource Apps, and more to your Page. Click here for more information on the Insert Content tool.
  4. As you build your web page, click the Preview button in the upper-right, above the Rich Text Editor, to see how the page will look when published.

Note: Your Portfolio automatically saves once you have completed an upload, or once you have finished typing and clicked your cursor out of the text field. However, note that if you are experiencing poor Internet connectivity, auto-save may not function correctly. Check the auto-save timestamp in the upper right of your Portfolio item to ensure it is saving as you work.

Editing Items in a Portfolio

After you’ve added items to your portfolio, click on the content card to open it and add details or make changes.

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  1. Click on any level in the breadcrumbs to return to that area. For example, click on Portfolios to return to your main Portfolios page, or click on College Admission Samples to return to that portfolio.
  2. Click to change the cover image for the portfolio item. This is the image that displays for the item on the main Portfolios page.
  3. Click to title the item. Your title displays below the cover image for the item on the main page.
  4. Click to add an item description. The description displays when you hover over the cover image for the item on the main page.
  5. The item’s full page view display is how the item looks in your portfolio after you publish it.
  6. Portfolio items also have a time stamp showing when your portfolio was last saved and an Undo button to undo your most recent action.
  7. Replace button is also in the toolbar to change files you’ve added to your portfolio.
    To replace a link you’ve added, highlight the link in the URL text box below the description and paste in the new link.
  8. Use the arrows on either margin to browse through the other items in your portfolio.

Sharing Your Portfolio

From a Portfolio’s More Options menu  you can generate a private link that enables anyone to view your portfolio even if they are not logged into Schoology (or don’t have a Schoology account). For example, if you have a Portfolio for a college admissions application, you can generate a link to share with admissions counselors.

You can also download a ZIP archive of your portfolio, so you can still access your work and materials from your local computer (if you don’t have an internet connection for example) or if you no longer have access to your Schoology account.

Sharing Your Portfolio from a Private Link

You can share your Portfolio using a private link that will allow the recipient to view your portfolio even if they are not logged into Schoology (or don’t have a Schoology account).

To generate a private link for your Portfolio:

  1. Go to your personal profile.
  2. Click Portfolios on the left side of your profile.
  3. Click the lower-right corner of your profile cover.
  4. Select Share Portfolio.

Use Command + C (Mac) or CTRL + C (Windows) to copy the link to your clipboard, and paste into a Schoology Message or email to send to the recipient.Note: Anyone with the link will be able to view your portfolio, even if your portfolio is Unpublished, and regardless of the privacy settings on your personal profile and/or whether or not they are logged into Schoology. The link overrides all privacy settings configured at the system or account level.

You may reset the URL that points to your portfolio to prevent anyone who previously held the link from continuing to access your Portfolio.

To reset your private link:

  1. Go to your personal profile.
  2. Click Portfolios on the left side of your profile.
  3. Click the lower-right corner of your profile cover.
  4. Select Share Portfolio.
  5. Click Reset Link.
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Sharing Your Portfolio from Your Personal Profile

The System Admin at your school manages the privacy settings for your personal profile, which includes your portfolios. Depending on how your Admin configures these settings, your published portfolios may be viewable by:

  • Everyone: Anyone who has the URL may view the portfolio.
  • Schoology users: Anyone with a Schoology account may view the portfolio.
  • District: Any Schoology user in your district may view the portfolio.
  • School: Any Schoology user in your school may view the portfolio.
  • Connections: Only Schoology users to whom you’re connected may view the portfolio.
  • No One: No other Schoology users may view the portfolio.

These settings affect who can view your portfolios by navigating to your personal profile and clicking Portfolios on the left menu. You may also choose to further restrict the sharing permissions for your Portfolios. For example, if your admin has set portfolio-sharing permissions to District, you may choose to adjust your own settings to School, Connections, or No one.Note: These settings apply to all of your portfolios. You can not choose different privacy settings for different portfolios.

To change your sharing permissions:

  1. Click the arrow next to your name in the upper-right corner of any page in Schoology.
  2. Select Privacy from the list.
  3. In the Portfolios row, check the box for the group with whom you want to share your published portfolios. You can only select columns at or below the sharing permissions set by your System Admin.
  4. Click Save Changes to update your settings.
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Exporting Your Portfolio

Instructors and students can export their Schoology Portfolios as ZIP files so they can archive their work and continue to access it even if they no longer have access to their Schoology accounts.

From the More Options menu, select Export to ZIP to download a copy of your portfolio that you can access from your computer even if you don’t have an internet connection, or if you no longer have access to your Schoology account.

The export process may take some time to complete; you can monitor its progress by hovering your mouse over the down arrow.

Unpack the ZIP file and click the Index.html link from the root folder to open a webpage with all the items in your portfolio listed. Click any item in the list to open that item in a new page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I organize my portfolio into sub-folders?

A: Although you cannot currently organize Schoology portfolios into sub-folders, you can create as many portfolios as necessary and organize them on your main Portfolios page.

You can review all your portfolios at a glance and quickly re-arrange them by drag-and-drop functionality.

Q: Why is the content of a web page I added to my portfolio not displaying?

A: Content from some popular web sites – including Wikipedia and Schoology.com – may be blocked in your portfolio due to perceived security risks from your web browser.

If this happens, when you open the link in your portfolio the contents of the web page will not display in the item pane. Different browsers indicate this issue in different ways; Chrome and Firefox, for example, display a gray shield icon in the URL field, while Internet Explorer shows a lock icon.

To display the content in the item pane, click the icon for your browser and follow the instructions. Review this article for more information.

If your content still doesn’t display in the pane, Schoology provides an “open in” icon in the link pane .

Click the icon to view the web page in a separate tab in your web browser.

Q: How do I view someone else’s portfolio?

A: To view another user’s published portfolio, go to their personal profile page and click Portfolio in the left menu. You will be able to see all of their portfolios that are published and shared at a level at which you have access.

To send a message about the portfolio to its owner, click Send Feedback in the upper-right corner. A System Admin for your school manages the messaging permissions for your profile; review this article for more information on sending messages to other Schoology users.