Building a Class Community

Even in these days of active learning, inquiry-based courses and anti-lecture sentiment, many college students come into class hoping they won’t have to say anything out loud or have to think too hard. When I ask my students, in a first-week short writing assignment, to reflect on what kind of class format they prefer, the majority still say they prefer organized, information-rich lectures. A few like group work, but they are reluctant to trust each other to provide “what they need to learn.

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