Every college class is planned with certain goals in mind – to convey ideas, to encourage certain kinds of thinking, to provide opportunities for learning, for exploration, for practice. A typical plan consists of a mix of different activities, both in and out of class, and hopefully each activity contributes to achieving the goals of the class. In this assignment, I am going to ask you to think about some of the different things you have done for this class and reflect on their effectiveness.
Some of the activities that make up this class are listed below. This list is not comprehensive (it may be missing things!), and includes both in-class and out-of-class activities.
Partial list of activities:
- webwork assignments
- openlab assignments
- answering questions at the board (often at the start of class)
- doing examples on the board (often during the course of a lecture)
- working on problems individually during class
- group work during class
- asking/answering questions by email
- office hours
- working on your own outside of class (doing homework, review problems, studying, etc)
- working with one or more fellow students outside of class (doing homework, review problems, studying, etc.)
Assignment (Due Tuesday, July 2nd). Respond to at least two of the following questions (1 or 2 sentences each). Feel free to discuss activities that are not listed above, if you wish.
- What activities have been most useful to you in preparing for exams? Why?
- What activities have been most useful to you in making connections between the class material and other areas of your life? Why?
- What activities have been most useful in building community in our class (creating a comfortable atmosphere, getting to know your fellow students, building trust)? Why?
- Are there any activities that you wish you had spent more time on (this includes activities that are not on the list, but you think should be included)? Explain.