Well, this is second part of yesterday’s: I was fairly depressed over nothing, and that post was celebrating the same, harmlessly.
I’ve come to a conscience. I must thank Randy Pausch, my students who said “We were reminded of you when we read that book [The Last Lecture]!” Halfway through the book, I feel we have a lot in common – from arrogance, habits, similar teaching styles, aspirations (his ideas are a bit more mature, given he had experience of years!) – I find three pillars of his life missing in mine – the fact that he acknowledged that he is dying (and I must confess each class I took last semester was as if it is my last lecture), Jai, and he was famous. I am pretty sure of doing the first, and at least one of the last two.
I also plan to take a second SIM, to isolate all academic/professional bonding to that number.
He must also be thanked for convincing me to buy a Kindle – which will save a lot of papers next sem, as I plan on using it to read my lecture notes in class, apart from celebrating return of reading habits for the year.
Dealing with Junk
- To better deal with junk, and to keep lectures afresh in coming semesters, I decided to delete all slides, other materials I prepared last semester. May be, typed in materials may be saved – because I can always work on improving it instead of retyping it.
Outline for Next Sem
- During initial days, we will spend two hours for lectures, and the third hour for worksheet.
- Class will be split into 8 groups. I will be member of a group, and each group will have 5 person each. Groups will be shuffled 5 times. Each time, a new leader will be opted, in such a way that each person will a be leader, at least once.
- You will have to sit in groups for worksheet classes.
- Leaders/Group Schedule will be given at the beginning of the semester.
- Every month, one of the third/sixth hours will be used for review quiz, out of 15 marks each. Same day, leaders will be changed. There will be three such tests.
- Instead of fourth, fifth, and sixth test, you will be marked for any attempt to write your own proofs. Average of best of four will be taken, out of 15.
- Group leader’s worksheets will be collected and corrected, who in turn has to correct other’s papers and report back. Whether or not to work on those sheets is their wish – I will not force anyone, except the group leader – who will be marked with 5 marks in 3CA, for their leadership and worksheets. Everyone will be a leader at least once.
- When you are the leader, I will watch you closely and give you comments on how you can improve yourself. To listen, or not, is your wish.
- Another component of 3CA will be assignments, as all of you wanted. It will again be for 5 marks.
- As I am exploring the subject myself, I will be making the rules for it dynamically. This will be the second course of my attention.
- Approximate: Assignments will be for 20 marks, 20 marks for seminars, 10 marks for some extra activity we may do in class.
- First week will be spend on two things: 1, familiarising ourselves with mechanical systems we will be studying in the semester, and prerequisites required for other chapters.
- Second week onwards, once basic is set by teacher sharing the paper, I will start with unit 2.
- 10 marks for seminar.
- 15 for review quiz, one every month.
- 5 marks for assignments.
- This plan is not confirmed, as I will have to discuss further with teacher I am sharing the course with.
Allied I for Chemistry
- One class will be entirely spend on theory.
- Next two hours will be spend on problems, which we will work as groups.
- You will be split into 10 groups of 5 members each.
- Every fourth hour, there will be a review quiz for 15 marks each. Average of best 4 will be taken for 15 marks.
- 5 Marks for assignment, to be submitted as a group (and each member will have to answer a question related to assignment submitted).