Also, I will be available in my office (BELL 303) during spring
break, at least Mon-Thu 8:30-4:30. If you turn in resubmissions
during this time, I will generally be able to get them back to you
within 2-3 days.
You may also ask any questions directly via phone or e-mail. If I'm not in when you call, please leave a message on the voice-mail or answering machine with your name, number, and a good time for me to call you back. I will try to respond to your phone or e-mail message as soon as possible.
Grounded activities will include situations arising from physical activity with strings, sticks, blocks, cardboard, marbles, dice, coins, cut paper, models, photographs, and anything else under the sun. Systematic inquiry will involve the fullest possible use of the tools that are commonly available in our culture, including both physical tools, such as rulers, measuring cups, scales, stopwatches, thermometers, projectors, calculators, and computers; and linguistic tools, such as words, numbers, symbols, drawings, diagrams, tables, graphs, along with computer software which can be considered as both a physical and a linguistic tool.
A description, experiment, explanation or proof is anything which is both meaningful to you and convinces other people of the validity of your thoughts, words and activities. Reports may incorporate any available media including written words, symbols, pictures, diagrams, models, tables, graphs, videos, computer discs, etc.
There will be an initial due date (approximately weekly), by which time some work (however partial) must be turned in. If you do not turn in a report by the initial due date, you will not be able to resubmit it; please contact me as soon as possible if some emergency prevents you from attending class and turning in your report.
Reports will be returned as soon as possible with questions and comments, after which you may respond, revise, amend, and then resubmit the project. Resubmitted solutions will again be returned with comments and may again be revised and resubmitted. Do not just resubmit the parts of your report that there were questions on; each resubmission must be able to stand on its own. Thus, you are required to use computer word-processors to produce your reports.
After the initial reports are returned, selected students will be chosen to present their work in class. After such presentations others may still continue to resubmit those same projects in their own personal way making full or partial use of what has been presented. Originality and diversity of expression will always be encouraged.
Some projects will have final due dates, after which there can be no more resubmissions, so that we may have a final discussion before you teach that project to the Wiggs students.
Each project will be returned with one of three marks:
Additionally, there will be three common assignments for all three courses in the block: a journal; a lesson plan and a videotape of that lesson (together treated as a single assignment for this course) being taught at Wiggs; and a final essay. I will be looking especially for math content in each of these. Each will count as one project grade for this course, and there are no resubmissions for any of them.
There will be a total of 15 project grades. If you eventually achieve at least 12 "check"s, you will get a grade of C; if you eventually achieve at least 8 "check plus"s and 6 "check"s, you will get a B; and if you eventually achieve at least 13 "check plus"s and 2 "check"s, you will get an A.
Remember to pace yourself in a reasonable way. It is virtually impossible to turn in well-written resubmissions if you leave them all until the end of the semester, so no more than two resubmitted projects will be accepted after the beginning of class, Mon., Apr. 23. Your final grade will depend on a portfolio of all your submissions for the semester; therefore, keep all your submissions (even after turning in subsequent resubmissions for the same project). Your portfolio will be due on Thu., May 3.