Monstrous Bodies

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” ~ George Orwell
Assignment: Final Self-evaluation
INSTRUCTIONS: Compose an e-mail to me ( with answers to each of the following questions. No need to use an attachment. Just write or cut and paste your answers directly into the e-mail. The questions here are less prescriptive than on the midterm self-evaluation, in order to give you the opportunity to reflect on the course in a way that feels appropriate to you.

NOTE: The WOVEN portfolio asks similar questions, so I would recommend working on the two simultaneously. The more carefully you consider your progress on this self-evaluation, the less work you will have to do in compiling the portfolio.

1. Write a short evaluation of your performance in this class (about 250 words), addressing the following sorts of questions: How many absences did you have? How many blog entries/comments did you produce? Were you prepared for each class? Did you do all of the required assignments? How would you characterize your overall effort, interest, commitment to the class project? Did your engagement increase or decrease as the semester went along? How did you (or did you not) meet the goals for the course?

2. What letter grade would you give yourself for the semester and why? Consider attendance, preparedness for class, the strength of your written work and other assignments, and your participation in the large group, small groups, and on the blog. You may want to review the attendance policy, the assignment rubrics, and the grade breakdown on the info page. (Ideally, I would give everyone the grade they give themselves, but I reserve the right to raise or lower grades as appropriate.)

3. What letter grade would you give your department for their work and why? You are welcome to comment on specific members, but the goal here is to get you thinking about the overall dynamic of your work as a group--what worked, what didn’t work, etc. As you consider a grade for your department, think not only about the success of what you produced but how you worked together as a group.