Each student will keep a notebook or journal recordingreflections on the reading and class materials. Some reflections will be assigned, but thenotebook is for broader work and response than just the assigned questions. Aim for 10handwritten pages or 3-4 ss typed pages per week. If you elect to respond to issues on the blog, this will count towards your Notebook total. You will turn these in twice during thesemester. YOUR NOTEBOOK MAY BE ELECTRONIC.
Class Participation and Homework:
You are an important part of this class, and I have provided many avenues for you to participate and interact with your classmates. Portionsof this class will be presented online, giving you an opportunity to respond and dialoguein writing if you are shy about speaking in a group. If you are not confident that your testgrades will reflect your true abilities, my suggestion is that you make an effort to shine inthis area.
Keeping up with the Class
Students who are having difficulty should notify the instructor as soon as possible. Iunderstand that problems and stresses arise and that we are dealing with difficult materialin this class. I have a wealth of links and study aids to share with you and would be happyto have an appointment to address any problems.
Please check your email AND OUR BLACKBOARD SITE sometime in the afternoon of every Thursday class day in case there has been some need to cancel. In the event of ANY sort of cancellation, WE WILL HAVE A VIRTUAL CLASS, not a “make-up” class.There is an abundance of excellent instructional material online and I have more thanenough of this for several classes. This online work will be required and will count for classroom instructional time—it is not “additional homework”.
There are only 15 weeks of class. Attendance is very important. If you must miss class please let me know immediately, as I have compiled many “virtual attendance” optionsfor circumstances such as illness or unavoidable conflict. One "no questions asked"absence is permitted, providing you make up the work by the following class period.When you contact me about an absence, please know
I do not give “excusedabsences”—what I do is work with you to make a plan to cover the material you willmiss.
I retain the right to lower the grade of any student who does not address attendanceand absences in a responsible, adult manner. I will also inform a student’s advisor if their academic work or attendance indicates that they may be having difficulty meeting courserequirements.
Disability Access Statement
If you are a student with a documented disability and plan to request an academic or other accommodation, you must register as soon as possible with the Central Maine CommunityCollege Disabilities Coordinator, Ms. Laura Rifkin. Visit the Coordinator’s office in Jalbert3