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Utopian Classroom

Page history last edited by Andrea Brownstein 13 years, 10 months ago

What do we want to accomplish?

We want interesting discussions and assignments--and more time to think.

We want to become auto-didacts--in charge of our own education.


Freedom of discussion

Critical distance in addressing differing views

Open, that is, respectful, discourse

No need to raise hands in order to participate

Good thought questions (these are called Higher Order Thinking Skills--follow this link for description)

Get beyond the obvious

These should come from the members of the class.

For now, do not be concerned about verifying the plot & facts with quizzes or drills

Variety of activities as we work with these ideas


How will this happen?

Flexibility about deadlines. E-mail Mrs. B prior to class if you cannot finish assignment.

Assessments: Coaching approach (which is about future performance). No letter grades (which are about past achievement).

Peer assessments & Self assessments

Decide on the balance between effort and achievement in determining final grade for class.

Establish standards for each assignment and reading as we proceed


How will we know when we have succeeded?


Sunshine provision: we will re-think this structure October 3 to decide whether we have achieved the atmosphere we aimed for.


Reflect on what you have learned and assess yourself




Comments (5)

Hanule Seo said

at 5:21 pm on Aug 29, 2008

October 5th is a Sunday, and I thought we were going to do the Sunshine law(?!) on October 3rd.
Besides that, everything looks fine.

Abhi Kanakadandila said

at 5:44 pm on Sep 1, 2008

Looks good

Jeb Pierce said

at 9:13 pm on Sep 1, 2008

looks great

Shelley said

at 11:15 am on Sep 2, 2008

this looks good!

lhollo@... said

at 6:34 pm on Nov 20, 2008

I think that this represents what we have been talking about in class about how we want the classroom to run--looks good

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