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Topic: group projects
Replies: 10   Last Post: Mar 30, 1995 4:58 PM

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Cathy Brady

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Re: group projects
Posted: Mar 30, 1995 1:52 PM
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On Thu, 30 Mar 1995, Murphy Waggoner wrote:

> I tried an experiment last semester in my business calculus class. Instead
> of lecturing, the students taught themselves by reading the book, working
> out their own examples, and answering some questions about the concepts all
> during class. I would lecture occasionally when I thought most of the
> students needed help with the same concept, but for the most part the

...
> students approved of the way the class was taught except for the two
older
> students who requested that I lecture all the time.

A little to the side of the topic... but more related than I first
thought ... as a former "older student", I have had college classes where I
was convinced that the teacher was doing no work. Peer evaluation, group
project... no syllabus even! I resented paying for that.

I personally enjoy having elementary kids doing group projects without
grades , and although it's never happend to me personally, I know that
parents complain about their gifted child bearing the burden of
teaching the others. I don't consider those concerns reasons to stop
doing group work, but I do think the parents may have the same underlying
objection that I have in college. Is the teacher working?

So I suggest that the teacher make known the work he/she is doing.

Maybe a few heavy sighs? ;-)

Cathy Brady Math Specialist/Education
cbrady@umd5.umd.edu Maryland Science Center
Opinions are my own "Beyond Numbers" exhibit
or something I overheard






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