Monday, January 24, 2005

First Day of Classes

I met with my classes this morning. Back -to- back classes from 8-11. Good people, great lab. Went over my standards with them ; )

More tomorrow after I've recovered from the shock of having to get going early in the morning.

4 Comments:

At 8:48 PM, Blogger sharon said...

Wow - love the cartoon! So are you on semesters? I just started week four with my students. We started back right after the New Year, and I still don't quite feel like I'm back into the rhythm....

 
At 12:05 AM, Blogger clc said...

Awesome cartoon!

 
At 10:15 PM, Blogger Rosa G. said...

Sharon--yes, we are on semesters here--what is the rhythm of a quarterly system like?

 
At 11:13 PM, Blogger sharon said...

Quarters have a more compact rhythm. Students are only taking three classes, instead of four, so they focus more intently.

When I taught semester courses, it would be week five before that "oh we've been in this class forever" sense would set in and I would have to change the pacing. In quarters, my students already feel incredibly comfortable with each other after just three weeks. They see each other every day, so in an interactive course, like a writing course, they have probably worked with most of their classmates on some activity in class before week four.

However, week four is nearly half way through the class. There is a sense of speed. There is less time for reflection between classes. This is offset by having more class meetings - generally five to seven more hours of contact than I had with students on the semester system. After having worked with both systems, I have to say the real advantage to quarters is that I have fewer students at a time - three classes instead of five, and I seem to get to know them and make connections that last long beyond the end of the course.

 

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