2 Apr 2008

Student autobiographies

In-Class Activity

Submitted by Joanne Stewart, Hope College
Categories
Prerequisites: 
Corequisites: 
Course Level: 
Description: 

The students write a 2-page chemistry autobiography at the beginning of the semester in order to reflect on their previous chemistry learning experiences, express their expectations for the class, and help me get to know them.

AttachmentSize
Microsoft Office document icon STUDENT AUTOBIOGRAPHIES1-1.doc31.5 KB
Learning Goals: 

Students reflect on their chemistry learning experiences.

Students articulate their expectations for the course.

The instructor gets to know the students better.

Equipment needs: 

None.

Implementation Notes: 

Students need to know that correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation count. And my students need to be encouraged to be creative (within reason) in order to make it fun for me to read.

Time Required: 
I usually give the students a week to complete this.
Evaluation
Evaluation Methods: 

I grade the autobiographies for 1) answering all the questions, 2) obeying the two-page limit, 3) completing it on time, and 4) using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Evaluation Results: 

Most students take this assignment seriously and useful information is provided. One year I asked the students in a survey how well each course activity we did helped them achieve the course learning goals. This one came out the lowest, but it is also the least directly aligned with the course goals, so that's to be expected. I plan to keep doing it because I think it helps me be a better teacher.

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Comments

I think this is a great activity.

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