Dr Tom Kerns
North Seattle Community College


Your Mid-quarter Self-Evaluation

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General grading policy


Two or three midterm self-evaluations of your work in this class will be required. Two or three weeks into the quarter I will ask you to email me your responses to the following questions.

Please remember: You will need to keep records of everything you do related to this course during the quarter, because this is all to be very exact - no estimates or approximations (except for section 1). These materials will be a large determinant in my assigning your final grade.

You must use this downloadable Form for completing your Midterm Self Evaluation. Please download it here, complete the required information, and turn it in to me by the deadline.


The Questions

section 1: An accurate estimate of the amount of time you've spent online per week.

section 2: An exact record of all book-reading assignments so far and the dates due.
a. Did you do the assignment? What percent of it?
b. Did you do it on time?

section 3: A record of any extra reading you've done and whether or not you took notes on that reading, or discussed it at any length with others.

section 4: An exact record of all study question assignments and dates due.
a. Have you done the assignments?
b. Have you done them on time?

section 5: An accurate record of your completion of online discussion assignments. Did you participate early in the week so that others could respond to your comments?
Your answers to this question might look like this:
Discussion Q on Socrates' guilt. 3 posts over four days
Discussion Q on civil disobedience, 5 posts over 3 days

section 6: Have you done other related writing this quarter? Journals? Short papers? Personal reflections? Emails to friends/family about philosophical issues?

section 7: Have you gotten your Research project OK'd with the instructor yet? Was it OK'd on time (end of the fourth week)? (Don't forget to complete a detailed self-evaluation of your project when it has been completed. See the page for project SE guidelines.)

section 8: Tests and exams. Show me a record of how you have done so far on each exam & quiz.

section 9: Keep a complete record of how you've done on the memorization and recitation of your quotes.
a. What percent of them have you completed?
b. What percent of them did you complete on time?

section 10: Have you done any other "extras" so far that are related to this course?

section 11: Have you taken good notes on your readings, or scribbled marginal notes?

section 12: Now here's where you do a self-evaluation in two parts:

(a) What criteria do you think should be used to assess the progress and work of a student in a philosophy course such as this one, especially one done online? Include all criteria you think are important. And then

(b) How have you done so far on each of those criteria? A good way to do this might be to to have two vertical columns (if your computer allows you to do this); in the left column list the criteria, and in the right column write how you have done so far against each criterion. (Or any other arrangement that works for you.) Be pretty complete on this one.


section 13: Now given all this, what grade do you think you are earning for this course so far? (Please figure your grade on the 4.0 scale.) Please give your reasons for this estimate.

And finally,

section 14: What recommendations would you make to yourself in order to do even better in the remaining weeks of this quarter?