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Response to Blog Prompt #4

 I used the IF method last year in one class and found it both productive & rewarding. This semester my response is more mixed. This year, in the freshman class the benefits were less evident.  Was it due to a different group composition/dynamics? I am not...

Response to Blog Prompt #2

Now that the term is over I think I am ready to reflect on the criteria and process used to set up "good" student groups... I organized groups in three classes, including one freshman seminar.  I formed the groups in my upper level courses about 3 weeks into the...

Response to Blog Prompt #3

The problem you want us to address in this blog -- students have a hard time with abstract conversation -- is VERY evident in my first-year seminar class. During the months of October & November I kept asking my students to brainstorm the problem "What does it...

First Year Seminar – Reflection #2 (October)

Last week I had great plans for our discussion session in my freshman seminar class. I assigned two recent news reports focusing on cyber-bulling – one resulting in a student death, another involving gay phobia. Since the class is addressing the question, “What...

Educational Foundation – IF Discussion Session #1

This week my two ANTH202 classes started using the discussion process formally (with flip charts & markers); last week they had a trial run. Like in my FYS, most groups were animated and “done” before the class ended. These are the issues that surfaced: Some...

Educational Foundation – Groups & Plans

My Educational Foundation classes have about 25 students each; all plan to be future teachers. Both classes consist mostly of females (one has five males, the other four). The ethnicities are mixed, though the majority seems “white” (have to check exact numbers)....

My First Year Seminar – Groups & Plans

My First Year Seminar class has 24 students this term. Nine are women; ten have immigrant or minority background. I organized the groups after two weeks on the basis of gender, minority status, academic performance, and personal traits (inferred from an...

Reconnecting with my freshmen students

This week I invited my freshman students from last fall to meet for pizza. I wasn't sure how many would show up: we are a commuting campus, and I had not seen many since we parted in December. Much to my surprise, about half of the class showed up (12 of 24; 8...