[Open] Some Words About Expectations

These words, or something like them, are in the first lecture of most of my courses. I’d be very happy to have some feedback on whether people find them useful, condescending or a little of both:

Pulling It All Together

  • I’ll try to weave the bits and pieces together, but we have a lot to do in a short time, so you’ll need to do some integrating of your own

Expectations 1 – You Of Me

  • You can expect that I will be prepared to teach, and that I will bring my ‘A game’
  • You can expect courtesy and consideration and professionalism
  • You can expect timely, useful feedback – in a variety of ways
  • You can expect that I know what I’m talking about, but am always still learning

Expectations 2 – Me of You

  • You will be practicing professionals very soon, and are already beginning professionals: I will treat you that way
  • You should take notes in class – and not just of what I say
  • You (collectively) know a lot: I teach by eliciting that and then supplementing it

The Real Goal

  • My real goal in this course – which is encoded in the ones in the Course Profile – is to work with you to help you develop as the best teacher you can be
  • Ultimately, the responsibility for your learning rests with you: I can lead but I can’t force
  • That means I don’t mark a roll in tutes or labs or lectures, and I expect you to know when things are due
  • At the same time, I’ll be monitoring how you’re doing, and try to help if it looks like you’re struggling, before it’s too late

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