“A definite integral is the limit as delta x approaches zero of the Riemann sum” says Mr. Fransen. He either never loses a chance to sound complex or is incapable of debasing his speech to the point where it is marginally comprehendible. Neither of which presents well to the students. Once they have deciphered the mathematical jargon he spouts, they have to wrestle with the concepts of calculus, blink a few times letting the dust settle, and turn to their neighbor to ask what they’ve missed from the rest of the lecture. For the rest of the day their brain is busy pounding square pegs into round holes and by the time they’ve given up on that, they’ve started the homework. Eventually the square pegs, through pain, effort, and caffeine, get a little less square. They never quite fit until after the test.
The only thing the students have to save them from his multisyllabic blabbering is the overused duct tape bound pile of paper call a book that looks like it could be old enough to out date language itself. But somehow he has more to give than the book ever could. For example: “One half e to the x minus e to the negative x, just so happens to be the hyperbolic cosign”, but perhaps this is only useful to the person who can make sense of him. The only chance the students have of success is to develop their brains to the point where they can take on his vocabulary with the power of a college bound mind. In other words; study ‘til three o’clock in the morning, pass out, taunt their body with three hours of sleep, and repeat as necessary. This process is necessary as long as bearable, and even then so sleep is generally regarded as excuse for irresponsibility; much like the uncontrollable appetite of the dog one has in the third grade.
Types of Students (1) There are different types of students classification that correspond to the various aspects of educational process. The commonly accepted classification of students makes it easier for the educators to address their needs and helps to increase the effectiveness of academic process. It also needs to be said that the system of students classification cannot be viewed as the ...
“This is a college course here folks” my government teacher Mr. Jost would say after he would go around the room not seeing a single completed homework assignment. The least he could expect was a detailed analysis of each and every section of the forty-eight page print off of his college text book, which was printed on green paper and stapled such that the back of one of the pages half way through was to be read upside down before the one before it, which was also to be read in the same orientation. If that wasn’t clear imagine trying to read it.
His utilization of the book may have been one step ahead of Fransen, but he made up for it in his lectures. Jost preferred to type his notes on an overhead transparency in a manner that would have been effective had he based it off his lecture. In fact he did quite the opposite it seemed. He would find the most sophisticated way of expressing an idea so that it hardly resembled the transparency which, after closely examined turned out to be more repetitive than the realignment of political parties throughout our nation’s history. An appropriate example: “A) The republicans and the democrats weren’t always conservative and democratic respectively, B) Political parties are constantly realigning, and C) The Republicans were once the liberals.” Half of the time the students would write down the political jokes he would put on the overhead, being too preoccupied taking notes to actually pay attention. “Tough crowd” he would say.
Nevertheless with two text books, a print off of a third, the lecture notes, and a couple giggles while rewriting them, the students always seemed to come out with a better understanding of political science, and hopefully a reflection of that on their report card. It’s always evident who takes the time to analyze the notes after the damage is tallied and before they return to ground zero. These professional students stand out by the amount of coffee they have or by the presence of toothpick marks on their cheeks and inner eyelids.
“Do you hear that?” Mr. Jost would say rubbing his fingers together softly. “It’s the world’s smallest violin,” and he would say this any time someone said anything to the effect of a complaint. But truly his class like many to follow is vastly different than the typical high school course. The difference being that it defines “to learn” as a verb, as if it was something to be done, and not have done to oneself.
A Plan for a Homework Center The school board came up with an idea of making the school day two periods to give students time to do homework in a homework center. The idea of extending two classes is a good one. There are a lot advantages and disadvantages. Students could gain a lot from the homework center.They would have less books and work to take home. There would be more time for teachers to ...
Now I find myself reconsidering the value of an early lesson taught in the all but optional P.E. course. The instructors could never grade someone off of their physical might, and instead their grade was based off of that relative concept of effort. Unfortunately Jost and Fransen couldn’t be fooled like my P.E. instructor.