This was the first time I taught logic, and a slight dip in my evaluations reflected my coming to grips with the way to teach this very different subject. It spurred me to reflect on how to best approach a class mixed in terms of class level and background in formal vs discursive disciplines. I responded in Spring ’19 by preparing more in-class exercises, as well as a more extensive entrance survey to gauge more carefully the aims and backgrounds of the students and create study teams accordingly.
This course was co-taught. Evaluations, especially of the course overall were lower than normal. From the written comments it appears that some students struggled with the theoretical readings. In future I intend to provide more scaffolding for the philosophical readings in the syllabus, and highlight for the students the most important passages in the theoretical readings.
Environmental Nexus, Fall ’19 (Preceptor) Numeric with comments
The students especially appreciated the discussions, and office hours. One student mentioned that they would have welcomed more accountability for doing the readings. In 2020 I provided this kind of accountability through requiring reading reflections posted to a forum.