This is a cooperative participatory learning class.
That means that your absence effects the learning of others. Consequently,
missing classes ANY affects your grade.
In general, missing more than 3 classes will significantly
affect your class participation grade. Class participation includes actively participating in class including
being adequately prepared. Your grade for class participation will be based
on attendance and your good faith participation in the group process.
required. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class hour.
Students who are not seated and prepared to begin class when attendance is
taken will be counted as tardy. A tardy counts as an absence.
absence" shall mean documented illness of self, documented illness of
child, school-sponsored participation in competitions, or a family emergency.
"Family Emergency" is limited to death or catastrophic occurrence
affecting the student's immediate family or closely-extended family.
Flat tires and similar automotive failures, computer problems, speeding
tickets, work, interviews, court dates, etc. are per se unexcused
Class Participation requires presence
during the entire class period. Students should not leave the classroom
once class has begun except in emergencies.
Class Participation requires attention.
Students should refrain from engaging in activities that are disruptive to the
class. Professional conduct requires that students refrain from eating,
talking or laughing while others are speaking, passing notes, playing games,
reading newspapers, or in any other manner disrupting the educational process
by being rude or inattentive. Students acting in an unprofessional
manner will be asked to leave the classroom and will be counted absent for that class.
During small group, simulations and large group discussion all computers should be closed.
When laptop use is permitted, the only permissible use is note-taking. Surfing
the web is by definition NOT paying attention.
You may not use Blackberries, Treos, mobile phones,
and other handheld devices. You must turn off such devices before
coming to class. If your cell phone rings during class you will be
asked to leave and the day will be count as an absence.
Class Participation requires preparation.
Occasional inability to complete the assignments is understandable. Missing
more than 2 problems will affect your problem grade. If you are not prepared for class
by having your problem completed before class, your class participation
grade will be considered unprepared.
Daily class participation grade will be as
Holistic Rubric for Scoring
|Student is thoroughly prepared, contributed readily to the
conversation but didn't dominate it; made thoughtful contributions
that significantly advance the conversation; showed interest in and respect for other
views; participated actively in small groups, either took notes or
reported for the small group; raised diversity issues related to
the topic at hand.
Participation was exceptional. A few comments
during class does not constitute exceptional participation.
|Student is prepared and makes thoughtful comments when called on;
contributes occasionally without prompting; shows interest in and
respect for others views; participates actively in small groups; while
the students contributions are less well developed, they nevertheless
advance the conversation; raised diversity issues related to the topic
Participation was very good and above average.
|Student is prepared, but does not voluntarily
contribute to discussions and gives only minimal answers when called
on; nevertheless student show interest in the discussion, listens
attentively and participates actively in small groups.
|Student is prepared but participates in a problematic way; students
may talk too much, make rambling poor tangential contributions,
continually interrupt with digressive questions; or did not talk at all
during small group and large group.
Participation was below average.
|Student attended class but was not prepared. Student is considered
not prepared for class if they do not have two copies of the answer to
the assigned problems.
Students participate in a problematic way, bluff
their way when unprepared, not
acknowledging cues of annoyance from professor or students. or did not
talk at all during small group and large group.
|Student did not attend class or if student attended is
disruptive, hostile, overtly rude, or obviously inattentive.