Peer driven learning

This semester using peer-driven really surprised me I was not expecting the class to go as good as it did to be honest I was worried. But the class went really good I really enjoyed it and had fun going. I really liked the way the professor gave us all free rein on our projects and let us and do the kinds of things that each of us felt comfortable doing. The presentations went really good I thought and almost everyone was adequately prepared for their individual class and despite uncontrollable weather we still stayed on task and almost on schedule. I also really liked the input from the other students in most classes on campus you go and sit and don’t say much unless you’re called on but in this class it was obvious very quick that our input is ran the class. I feel like classes like this will prepare students more than your basic traditional class on what will be expected of us when we graduate and move into our careers. Because in real life job situations you won’t always have someone standing over your shoulder making sure that you’re doing what you’re supposed to be it’s all on you and that’s how this class was. Overall I thought it was a really great class and actually enjoyed going and I didn’t feel pressured in the class at all wish was nice.  

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Natural Man: Good or Eveil?

Are human beings naturally good or evil? Naturally people are surprisingly evil they want the best for them and forget everyone else. We have to work hard on a daily basis to be good and help are fellow man as much if not more than ourselves. Some people don’t worry about others they look out for their own best interest and that’s it. While others can mange both and work to get what they want and help others along the way. With our poor economy this fact worries me, because more and more people are going to forget that others are struggling to and our society will turn into an even worse dog eat dog world. Because mankind’s human nature is to look out for me and get what I want it will be tougher than it already is for people with less skill to get ahead in today’s time and in the near future. This could really hurt our society because you have the possibility of a dramatic increase in the poverty rate which is already extremely high. With people naturally evil and selfish we should emphasize daily the need to help our fellow man.    

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College Sports

With all the controversies surrounding college sports some wander why we still support these programs and why we still have them. I’m gonna tell you why they are important to keep as part of college life. College sports are good programs to have because first they give student athletes that would otherwise not be able to afford college the chance to get an education. Also they help populations at colleges to grow if they have a good team because some students want to be apart of a school with a known team. Another reason they’re important is they give athletes a reason to try in school because in order to be on most college sports teams they must meet a minimum GPA. As far as some colleges using their athletes to make millions of dollars that is where I think there should be some regulation these students shouldn’t be exploited just because of their abilities. And with all the scandals and rumors of scandals going around at large well known Universities that is something else I don’t agree with and I think those schools should be punished for what they’ve done but its really not necessary to eliminate College sports as a whole just because a few are dishonest. Keep College Sports programs but up the penalties for those who break the rules and exploit these young athletes. 

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Spring Break: What is it good for!

Take a second to think about spring break, what comes to mind? Being a college student when I think about spring break I think about hundreds of college kids from around the country flocking to beaches for a week of partying and alcohol. These students are putting school at the bottom or not even on their list of priorities for a week. I’m positive however this was not what spring break was meant to be for, it was meant as break from students classes to allow them to get caught up on school work that they had not gotten to yet, and if all possible get ahead in some if not all of their classes.I’m going to venture and say that not even a quarter of college students today use spring break for that specific purpose. While thinking about this break in the second semester filled with no worries and poor decision making by so many people, a question arises; do we even need spring break anymore? Without this week off in the middle of the school semester students would get out a week early for a much longer summer break. Another problem with this break as anyone that has been in a college class the week after spring break knows is attendance plummets! Students get so relaxed on spring break that some stay on break and do not return to class when required if at all. Now lets look at through the professors stand point, when students return from Christmas break to finish the to begin their spring semester professors are stuck with undoubtedly annoying task of getting the students out of break mode and into school mode again. As if doing this once isn’t torture enough they must do it again when the students return from their spring break and are now only thinking about two thing; What all they did on spring break and what they are going to do on summer break in a few week. It would be much easier on professors nerves and students grades if we eliminated this program since spring break has done a complete 180 from its original purpose it virtually un-needed in today higher education.    

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Summary of Ruth Benedict’s “The Individual and the Pattern of Culture”

In Ruth Benedict’s article “The Individual and the Pattern of Culture” she discusses the correlation of different social norms in societies around the world. Benedict examines the relationship between an individual and his or her culture. She discusses how particular music of certain period is designed around the instruments available to society. She also discusses the role of men that act like women in societies all over the world and how what is completely psychotic in one society is seen as an admirable trait in another. She even discusses a very sensitive topic which is homosexuality and how it is thought about in societies. She tells us that the man known as the “berdache” is in most societies thought of very highly especially in some Native American cultures where they are sought after for their hunting skills as well as their fine bead work for ceremonial clothing. In the final part of her article Benedict discusses how some societies actions were more psychotic then the actions and people they were acting against for this situation she used the New England Puritan Church’s and how they acted against so called witches hunting them down and killing them and they literally put the fear of God in very young children their actions and reasoning’s are seen today as insane. So according to her character traits from across the world indicate very different ways by by many different cultures leading to many different kinds of lives. 

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What makes a good teacher and how we evaluate them.

Being in school for what feels like forever I’ve had plenty of teachers some we’re much better than others. A good teacher is someone that really cares about the progression of their students and doesn’t care about just going to the classroom so they’ll get a pay check. A student can definitely tell when a teacher really cares whether or not their students are really learning the information. Good teachers make the classroom an enjoyable place to be and makes learning fun for both them and their students. Teachers that really care about their students don’t worry as much about deadlines because what good is a deadline if when it comes the students don’t know anymore than they did before. A teacher that cares makes students want to learn because when students see their teacher trying it incourages us to try as well. The way in which we evaluate teachers is whether or not their focus is making the students in their class better. And whether or not they truly care about their students success in school and in life. Good teachers are the ones that think the paycheck is just a bonus and the real reason they teach is to give the knowledge they know back to another generation.  

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Class Review

I was fairly skeptical about the structure of this class when I I first heard how it was going to be. But now I feel like the way this class is strutured will prepare myself and other students more for our work life after college. I feel this way because in the actual job force employees will not have someone constantly reminding them about things it will be up to you to get your work done and this class it’s up to us to get our work done and meet deadlines. The group project we have all been assigned illustrates this concept perfectly. It is up to each group to meet regularly and prepare their own hour long class over their topic. The way this class is structured makes me personally work harder keeping up with our weekly blogs and our group project, becuase I know its all on me. I wish the other classes I’m taking were structured more like this because I really feel it’s helping me a lot.   

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Purpose of college/higher education

I feel that there is a lot wrong with our college/higher education system. The saying is that anyone can go to college but this simply isn’t true if your family cannot afford the constantly rising tuition rates and your grades aren’t high enough to receive enough scholarship then you’ll be stressed to take out thousands in loans. I understand that colleges can’t be free but if it was up to me I’d have a set price that wouldn’t change, and for those students that still couldn’t afford I would workout a work program on campus that would allow them to work at the college as payment for their education. Another thing I don’t like about the college system is all the Gen-Ed requirements students come to college to train for their future they shouldn’t be required to take classes that mean nothing to them and that they will never use again. Students should be able to come to college and study only classes in their particular field. Lastly another thing I would change if I could is all the comprehensive tests I understand that if your going to work in a certain field then you should know a lot about that your area but in the real world if you don’t know something no one will stop you from looking up the answer. So I feel college’s should have more of an open book policy in their tests. These are some of the things I feel would help college’s prepare their students better for their own future careers.

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Group work Vs. Individual work

After reading through the two different examples over this topic I am leaning more towards the group work side. Yes while doing individual work you are able to think more clearly without as many interruptions but your work is solely your ideas, where as in group work you have the gift of other peoples input. You yourself will not always think out every option to a problem so with others thinking about the same topic as you, you can get many different ideas and mesh them together so then the finished product is a extensively thought out solution. I will agree that sometimes groups are bad but if you have two or three other people as concerned about the topic as you are then your way better off than just yourself trying to tackle it. This is truly a case of two or three heads are better than one.  

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Blog Vs. Term Paper

In my opinion after reading the articles provided about the topic Blog Vs. Term paper I have changed my point of view. I originally thought that term papers were the best way express a point about a topic haing never thought or heard about blogging before but now having read and thought it over I’ve changed my perception. In the traditional term paper where students are required to write an average of 15-20 pages on a set topic I feel a lot of that person’s individual thoughts are being lost. I know that when I write about one topic that much I am constantly loosing focus and I find myself repeating points I’ve already covered. I like the thought of blogging because not everyone is cut out to write myself being a prime example, and blogging gives students like me the freedom of knowing  that we can cut right down to the meat of a topic and get our point across quickly and get good feedback from others in the class. I like this new approach and agree with blogging 100%.

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