revamped syllabūs

I read this post on revamping your syllabus back in 2011 and really, really wanted to redo mine. But I just felt I couldn’t justify the time involved.

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This summer I read Ken Bain’s book on What The Best College Teachers Do, and decided screw it, it is worth it. 

Here’s my first stab at my redesign for my General Psychology, Motivation & Emotion, and Physiological Psychology classes. I’ll tweak them and make them better, but really happy so far.

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“In so many introductory science classes, the chemist [Dudley Herschbach] observed, students encounter what they see as “a frozen body of dogma” that must be memorized and regurgitated. Yet in “real science you’re not too worried about the right answer… Real science recognizes that you have an advantage over practically any other human enterprise because what you are after- call it truth or understanding- waits patiently for you while you screw up.”

– From What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain