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A warning to college profs from a high school teacher July 8, 2013

Posted by aquillam in teaching.

A warning to college profs from a high school teacher.

20 years ago students arrived in the college classroom with the idea that the final grade mattered, not what they leaned in the class. This meant that students would enter a 300 level class without a real understanding or memory of what they’d learned in the 100 and 200 level classes. Sure, they did multi-variable partial differential equations in calc 3,  but who expected that to show up in Modern Physics Lab? Most students figured out pretty quickly that you need to remember things beyond the exam. By the satrt of junior year, most students figured out that they need to understand the material AND retain  it beyond the end of the class. Bernstein’s article has me worried that today’s students won’t recognize what understanding actually is until they enter grad school.




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