This week did not feel very eventful for me. Students got their Project 1 assignment, had a library day learning about the NC collection, and some time to work together in groups to discuss their topic ideas before posting them to Blackboard.
I did express a little concern to Abby and to the group on Thursday that I wasn’t sure if the students were actually as confident and clear on the expectations as they were saying, or if they were just saying so when they were actually not sure. It could also be that some students are not taking the project seriously. It is definitely my hope that every is actually going as smoothly as it seems. Their Blackboard posts about their intended topics show a wide range of effort, detail, and enthusiasm even just in this initial post, so I am not sure if that same range will carry over into the project or not.
Other than that, I’ve had some more great email communication with the students so far, which is encouraging. They are a kind and considerate bunch, at least in class, in my office, and in email!
One thing I hope is that they will start coming to see me in my office more as the project continues. So far it is the same few students who come to sit down with me that are the same students who volunteer to read in class or answer in class while the rest are both quiet in class and don’t come by. I’m not sure if these students are just shy and are totally okay, or if they are so shy that they aren’t getting the help they need.
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