As per class discussion and unanimous agreement on Jan 17, our class appear below. We agreed that these policies can be revisited later in the semester if needed.
This class is discussion-driven, and it relies on a sense of community built through consistent, repeated engagement. Further, your work and understanding of the course material will improve through regular interaction with the ideas and progress of your colleagues. As a result, attendance is critical for this class’s success.
Everyone is expected to attend all class sessions. The instructor will track attendance at each meeting, documenting it in Canvas. In my other previous classes, students who attended less than 80% of the class sessions consistently failed the class because they struggled to stay connected to the work and conversations about the material.
One cannot participate in a class one does not attend. Thus, attendance is a prerequisite for participation. If you will miss a class, do the following:
- Check the agenda slides to see what the class did and what homework was assigned. If any paperwork was distributed, check the Files tab in Canvas.
- Reach out to a colleague to learn what you missed from a students’ perspective.
- Connect with your working group and ensure they see your continued engagement with the course. Make your presence felt.
- Avoid emailing the instructor unless he needs to take a specific action as the result of your absence.
The overall grade for this course derives 50% from the quality of your participation in class activities/readings and 50% from the quality of your major assignments. You and your colleagues will assess the quality of your participation at the end of each of the course’s five major units. Additionally, you and the instructor will collaboratively assess the quality of your work throughout the semester, through feedback and conferences. Grade calculation is as follows:
- All major assignments, including teaching philosophies, must be successfully completed (i.e. passed with a C or above) to qualify to pass the class.
- The following assignments are required but will not receive evaluative grades:
- Blog posts (which prepare you to participate)
- Teaching philosophies (which are subjective and personal)
- Project Checkpoint 1 [Week 3] (which is an intention statement)
- 50% participation evaluations (even for the introverts!)
- 20% synthesis papers
- 30% major project components
The following grading scale will be used:
- A = work that is sophisticated, confident, and impressive
- B = work that is competent and strong
- C = work that is satisfactory, meeting requirements
- D = work that falls short of expectations
- F = work that misses the mark or is incomplete
Blog posts contribute to your ethos as a scholar and to how others view your participation. They also help prepare you for in-class discussion of our reading assignments. Completing blog entries before coming to class also helps you engage with the material through writing-to-learn practices.
You will receive written feedback on each of your major assignments, indicating the instructor’s perception of the document’s quality and ways you can improve it through revision. If you want your work re-assessed, or if you want additional feedback for continued improvement, take advantage of the instructor’s office hours by making an appointment. Additionally, if formative assessment doesn’t meet your needs for grade-based feedback, you’re welcome to further discuss your performance during office hours.
Major assignments must be completed on their due date. That way, your instructor can provide formative feedback in a timely fashion.
Any major assignments initially completed on-time can be revised and re-assessed. To get additional feedback, simply take advantage of the instructor’s office hours by making an appointment. Further, to upload a late assignment (and earn credit for it), you must arrange to meet with the instructor during office hours within a week of the deadline.