American Civilization

January 28, 2009


Filed under: PSAs — equiano @ 8:43 pm

I need your help. One of the problems associated with keeping the same seminar is that I do not have access to your course evaluations from the Fall. In the interests of improving our class I ask that you offer advice on what to change, what to keep, etc. For instance: would you prefer to work in small groups? In-class writing to prepare you for midterms and papers? Juice-boxes and sing-alongs? Post a comment to this entry and give me your considered views. Try not to use foul language. No need to identify yourself. Your input is much appreciated.



  1. I would agree with a change to help prepare for the mid-terms. I propose sing-alongs to answer each prompt

    Comment by Tim — February 10, 2009 @ 7:35 am | Reply

  2. Please have mercy!! I would suggest: Please don’t give us pop quizzes. Please tell us when you’re going to give them; If you can’t do that, you could make quizes in a summary form in which we can write a summary (maybe a page or half a page) of what happened in the heath readings because sometimes I tend to do horrible on the multiple choice even though I read and understood what happened.

    Comment by anonymous — February 13, 2009 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  3. Perhaps if some of the quizzes get more in-depth (requiring short essay answers) could they be open-note quizzes? Instead of checking to see if we read by asking “what year did this event happen” you could ask more mid-term/essay prompt questions like “what effect did this event have and in what time period” or compare/contrast questions etc.

    Comment by Monica — February 14, 2009 @ 8:31 am | Reply

  4. I just wanted to to say i dont really mind the quizzes i think they are effective in gauging whether or not we read. When i did read they were easy and when i didn’t i knew the questions. Also I really enjoyed last weeks discussion on race i felt like there was more class participation and i like the back and forth as opposed to listening to you talk the whole time. Not to say that’s not interesting 🙂

    Comment by Sarah — February 22, 2009 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  5. Yeah I’m inclined to go with the quizzes. We’ll have many more of them this semester. Thanks for the replies everyone.

    Comment by equiano — February 23, 2009 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

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