||Please read these guidelines completely to prepare for evaluation
week. They are designed in a step-by-step process to help
you assemble a reflective portfolio you can be proud of.
Your portfolio is your summary of your learning in this program. It should include all your required work this quarter, organized and annotated in a way that is easy to read. It should include thoughtful self-reflection on the process and content of your learning. You should be able to refer to your portfolio years from now and get a clear recollection of the most important aspects of your learning this quarter. A stranger (for example, a grad school admissions officer or a potential employer) should be able to browse your portfolio and, from your presentation of your material, get a clear picture of the most important aspects of your learning. You can show it to friends trying to figure out how to do their portfolios next year, or show it to your kids when they're in college. Look at peers' portfolios for ideas about your own, and have your triad partners review yours. It should be CLEAR and MEANINGFUL. Use concrete examples - don't just claim you know something - show that you know it.
1. Prep sheets: Click here to preview a set of questions designed to get you in the mode of self-evaluation. Fill this out, and also fill out the assignment checklists for Astronomy and Seminar. Fill out one Presentation Questionnaire for each minilecture or research presentation you gave. Turn all these in to your prof by week 10. You may also want to take a look in advance at the Exam Questionnaire that you will be asked to fill out at the start of your final exam.
Print out and use this PORTFOLIO CHECKLIST belowto assure that your portfolio is complete.
If you have a better idea about an electronic format for your
portfolio, for programs with extensive online assignments, ask your
professor about it. Perhaps you'd like to make a web page portfolio!
3. Cover paragraphs:
OK, now that you have assembled all your material in an orderly way, go back and review each section.
Write a paragraph to introduce each section, summarizing the important work in the section and how it represents your learning.
Reflect on what you did, how it contributed to your learning, and how it integrates with the program themes.
What should your reader focus on? Tell us, and help us find the most important parts.
Each cover paragraph (say, for the Seminar Paragraphs section) should call attention to at least one specific assignment that clearly illustrates your good work. Use labeled tabs so you and your readers can easily find your most important pieces of work.
Once you have completed these steps, it will be
easier to write your self-evaluation.
4. Then draft your SELF-EVALUATION: (turn this in with your portfolio)
6. Also write an eval of each FACULTY member in your program.
You are encouraged to visit Academic
Advising to get their guidelines on writing evals, or attend their
excellent workshops on evals and portfolios.
What happens in eval conferences?
If you turned in your portfolio and evals on time,
Dr. Zita will have read them and used them, together with her records,
to write a draft evaluation of your work. In your conference,
tell Zita about your best learning in the program, and discuss
your academic plans and goals. (Do not dwell on incomplete work
or excuses.) Zita will read your self-eval and give you feedback on
it. She will never require you change your self-eval, nor will
she sign it - this is your formal representation of your learning.
You will give Zita a brief tour of your portfolio, using your cover
paragraphs and tabs to hit the high points. Zita will give you
a copy of the eval she drafted of your work, and you will have
an opportunity to discuss it. She may or may not make changes
based on the conference, and will then take some time after you leave
to finish it up. She'll give the eval to the program secretaries
by the end of the week, and they could take months to return it to
Zita on the official form for her signature, depending on how
busy they are. (So if you're anxiously waiting for your formal eval,
ask Ruth or Pat about its status. Their phone number is 360-867-6102.)
Maintained by: E.J. Zita