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Created: November 4, 2001
Latest Update: November 4, 2001


What do I do to get an A?
The most frequently asked question is "What do I do to get an A?" There's an unstated assumption there that you should get an A. Some of you should. You should get an A when you give the teacher clear evidence that you have learned the substantive material and have successfully transferred that learning to your own apperceptive mass and can apply it the real world in which we live.

Because most of us aspire to an A, whether we have the time and energy to get there or not, I have provided many examples of what I consider A work. To figure out the mechanism of my grading, you need to realize that the grade is interdependent. It depends on your perception of your learning, on my perception of that learning, and on what we produce together out of that learning. That means you'll have to read my contributions as well as those of the student.

And just for the record: a C means that you have given some real evidence of learning, but that you're still not perfectly clear on the concepts we covered and/or on the application of those concepts in praxis.

A "B" is somewhere in between.

Samples of what to do: Sample submissions for grades.