I don’t think we went over Project 1 assignment very well with students. Either we didn’t spend enough time on it, or they just didn’t pay attention because students really don’t seem to be getting it. Either that or they are way too shy to speak up. They seem to be struggling, but not wanting to ask questions. Maybe I am expecting that they will be more proactive about asking questions or coming to office hours since not many of them are first year students, yet, that might be expecting too much. No one has come to office hours or emailed me since I last wrote.
I think this experience makes me want to make the “Introduce Project #” portion of class to be more engaged some how, maybe some kind of activity. I will be thinking about ideas.
2201 with Emily was nice so far! We have our second class today.
Even though Emily very clearly reviewed her email policy on the first day, I got an email last night from a student asking where to locate the readings, with no info about what class the student was in. Luckily, I only had to rosters of ~25 students to looks through to find her. I can’t imagine looking through 100+ students across multiple classes. I think she was confused by the difference between BB (Building Bridges) and Bb (Blackboard).
I think my only expectation for the class before going in was that Emily would probably have a very active icebreaker, more like an activity, but instead she had some really interesting questions from Brandon. I guess I was trying to go into the first day completely open. It was interesting to see that she used the full time since it’s a 1 hour and 15 minutes class. She gave them time to start their sample writing, which I liked.
We did have one weird experience, which I mentioned in our meeting. A student tried to get up and leave when we were starting the writing time because he didn’t bring his laptop/other device. He wasn’t willing to write on paper and then have to retype, but Emily very politely explained that class wasn’t dismissed. It was probably 20 minutes early!
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