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Establishing Course Norms

Establishing Course Norms

Short exercise to use at the beginning of each semester with a new class to help establish class norms. It is a structured way to get students to buy into class rules in various areas, such as the use of technology, how fellow students should be treated, etc. 

Students explain what teachers have done in their best and worst classes and discuss. Then the tables are turned and students have to discuss what students do in the best and worst classes. This helps students to recognize that they have a responsibility in the learning process. 

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Ben Malczyk
Ben Malczyk (Faculty)
3 years ago

I have used this exercise multiple times. Students seem to enjoy the chance to share about their worst classes-- the horror stories. When they get asked what students do in the best and worst classes they almost always have that Aha! moment and realize that they too have some responsibility in the learning process. 

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