As With Parenting…

…A species of madness comes with the territory of teaching.

It is a thing of beauty when students start correcting themselves, their own work, paying attention to the details. If you create a supportive enough vacuum of leadership this seems to be a natural consequence. This weekend I received several emails from students acknowledging their oversight or former confusion and proposing solutions or announcing corrections had been made. I replied appreciatively and ended my session by releasing the folder of Team Resources. I don’t know why it took me so many failed attempts to assign the teams, update the Sample Assignments and post an announcement pointing the teams toward their dedicated discussion boards. This time I included a disclaimer about the deliberately open-ended nature of the Collaborative Midterm with a hope that something pleasantly surprising would emerge from “this group of flexible intelligences”. Here’s to doing the same thing and expecting different results 20 years and counting!

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