ideas about the products of good teaching were suggested by participants
in the U.Va. Teaching Portfolio Workshop.
- List your
goals for the course, survey the students for theirs, and compare the
two lists. If necessary, explain to the students why some of their goals
won't be met. In the portfolio, show how you met the appropriate goals.
a set of lecture notes with a transcript of the pertinent discussion,
thereby showing parallels and progress.
- Show the
relationship between students' answers to exam essay questions and your
relevant lecture notes.
- Show how
major ideas of the course are integrated into discussion questions,
essay topics, and exam questions.
- Your articles
and/or workshops on teaching in your discipline.
- Have students
put their final projects on a course web site, and explain in your portfolio
how the projects reveal students' successes and learning.
samples of students' work to show improvement and explain what you did
to help the student learn: for example, drafts of students' papers with
in which students reflect on what they're doing can often show a great
deal how our teaching affects their learning (e.g., acting classes).
some extracts from students' learning logs, in which they write about
what they learned in class and questions and comments that they have.
include some summaries of one-minute papers, in which students state
the main point of a lecture, the most important points they gained from
a discussion, or something they learned about solving problems.
sometimes survey majors at the beginning of their fourth year, asking
them to write specifically about the courses they have taken. Such evaluative
comments can be more meaningful than those written right at the end
of the course.
- Ask an observer
to watch your class, discuss it with you, and write up comments about
- Ask the
students for permission to include their work in your portfolio.
- Ask students
for permission to copy their work or, if appropriate, ask them to hand
in two copies of work you expect to use.