Held Friday, May 11, 2001
Today we conclude the class with Grinnell's legendary end-of-course
- Final project presentations
- About evaluations
- Final statements
- We'll go through the remaining projects
- Choose a college
- Rate your date
- More ?
- How and why Grinnell faculty are evaluated. (Some myth, some truth.)
- Annual increments
- The bargain with the trustees
- The joys of numeric evaluation
- Faculty activity reports
- Promotion and tenure
- The problems of combining development and evaluation.
- Seemingly opposite goals, at least to some.
- The problems of course-specific forms.
- How does the budget committee generalize?
- How the faculty voted to use these forms.
- No use for annual increments
- To show development for promotion and tenure
- Please send me any comments you may have on how I can make
this course or my teaching better!
- Fill it out
- Put it in the envelope
- Relax until everyone else is done
- As you know, our final is in class on Friday
from 9:00 to 12:00.
- Closed book; closed computer; closed colleague; closed notes.
- You may bring one page of notes to the exam.
- How should you study for this exam? Basically, the same way you studied
for the in-class version of exam 3.
- Go through each lab and exam and make sure that you can answer the
- I plan to base a few questions on previous exam and lab questions.
- See if you can rederive the procedures presented in each session.
- Make notes on key ideas.
- Write a few questions of your own and make sure that you can answer them.
- Summarize your ideas on a review sheet.
- My mother taught Psychology at Boston University for over thirty
years. (``Aha, maybe that explains SamR's warped personality''.)
Eventually, she found a way that she liked to end her class, typically
with a series of statements. I try to do the same,
although the statements are clearly filtered through my sensibilities.
Most of us will take or teach other classes. However, this one is
unique; none will ever be quite like this it.
The people in the class made it what it was. We should acknowledge
each other's contributions and commit ourselves to making similar
contributions in future classes. In particular, I thank all of you for
your contributions. (And I'll fill in some examples.)
- Mom also makes a statement on the order of
While I enjoyed having you in my class, I'm also happy to have you
move on to other things. Like any parent or mentor, I've enjoyed seeing
you grow, but also want you to test your own wings.
- Finally, Mom tells a story of an elementary school teacher she had worked
with who was leaving her job. Mom stopped by to give the teacher a
goodbye present. The teacher cried. Mom said ``I expect that you've
been crying all day as you said goodbye to your students'' The
teacher said ``No, I forgot to say goodbye; that's why I'm
crying''. Since then mom has always made it a point to say goodbye
to her classes. I encourage you to say goodbye to your friends and
colleagues who you may not see again.
- I hope to see those of you who are not graduating in other courses.
Friday, 12 January 2001
- Created generic outline format for class.
Friday, 11 May 2001