goes without saying …"
Respect and our shared mission in this course.
I am passionate
about learning and about creating an environment in this class that supports
your learning and mine. We can only achieve such an environment, however,
if we respect each other.
Here I list
the most basic courtesies I expect of you as part of the respect you ought
to show me and your classmates. (You probably take most of these for
granted as well; that's why I call this list "It goes without saying …")
Treat class meetings as a serious commitment. When you are not in
class, you miss material, and we miss your questions and comments.
Being in class means more than just being a warm body in a chair. Prepare
for class by doing assigned readings, thinking hard about this readings,
and making a list of questions you have about them or issues you hope
to clarify in class. Bring your books with you to class. Participate
in class by listening to the lecture, listening to your classmates,taking
notes, asking questions, answering questions, participating fully
in any class activities, and thinking.
Arrive and be ready to go by the official start time, and stay until the
conclusion of the class meeting. Wandering in (or out) partway through
disrupts the flow of the class. Budget extra time for parking if
you need to!
If at all possible, don't schedule appointments (medical check-ups, job
interviews, club meetings, etc.) during class time.
Turn OFF your cell phone during class time. Don't use your laptop for
non-class-related purposes during our class meeting.
If you must miss class, it is YOUR responsibility to make up the material
you missed. Ask a classmate if you may copy his/her notes.
If you miss class on a day when an assignment is due, it is still YOUR
responsibility to make sure the assignment is turned in to me by classtime.
Treat your classmates with respect.