My Beautiful Wickedness


Last day of classes for spring semester
May 2, 2008, 7:51 am
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We’re actually already in our finals week but I am a real softy and am teaching an extra “review” class on my own time today. I won’t take formal class time to do it — I’m already scrambling to teach what amounts to 400 years of human history throughout the Atlantic littoral (but with special emphasis on North America) in 26 class sessions. (My peers in the “from 1865” class have a much easier task.) I also don’t know how much review classes help — I tend to think that they delude weaker students into believing that they are better prepared than they are and that the stronger students don’t need them. However, this is a generation of students who have been socialized to have review classes for every test they’ve ever taken (yet another way NCLB wrecks student learning). If I can spend an hour answering questions all at once, it’s better than spending thirty hours on email typing individual responses.

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