Grading & Self-Assessment

Class Components & Weighting

  • Attendance & Participation (10%)
  • Friday Flipgrid Discussions (15%)
  • Vexercises (70%: 10% per vexercise)
  • Self-Assessments (5%)


For this course you’ll be participating in self-reflection and self-assessment. After you have completed each vexercise, you will reflect on your process and product and assess your work. I will share with you a series of prompts in a Google form. You don’t have to answer them all on any given vexercise, if you find yourself wanting to talk about some more than others. I may offer additional suggestions for prompts for a given assignment.

We will draw on a framework called Bloom’s Taxonomy, which considers learning as a spectrum (or pyramid) from knowledge to evaluation. The skills that make up Bloom’s Taxonomy are cumulative and exponential, demonstrating growth and deeper understanding and mastery as you move from comprehension only toward synthesis and evaluation Loosely using this framework as a touchstone, you will answer specific prompts about your process and product for each vexercise. These reflections will emphasize effort and individual growth.

For your reference, here is a chart showing Bloom’s Taxonomy.

The purpose of this self reflection process is to de-emphasize grades in favor of learning and creativity, but as grades are a reality at Middlebury, here’s how Bloom’s Taxonomy translates to letter and numerical grading.

  • Synthesis & Evaluation: A or A- (100-90)
  • Analysis: B+ or B (84-89) 
  • Application: B- (80-83)
  • Comprehension C+ or C (73-79)

I will draw on your self-assessment in the grading process, although if I feel your self-assessment does not match with my own sense of your work and growth in the class (as in, you grade yourself too harshly, as students can at times do!), I’ll reach out to you to talk it through.