A tiny succulent sits patiently inside a small concrete pot. The pot clearly has policies against overgrowth.

Policies

The class policies were created by members of their respective classes (Mon/Thu or Wednesday) and accepted by unanimous vote during the second week of the semester.

Mon/Thu Class

Respect

Come prepared to class, having read the assigned readings and completing the blog posts, so that you will be best equipped to participate in class discussions. During class discussions, we should not talk over one another or interrupt. We can disagree with others, but we should respect others’ opinions. Try to phrase your disagreement more positively, such as beginning your sentence with, “I find your statement thought-provoking. However, I disagree with…” When the Professor is talking, we should pay attention and not become too distracted. If you need to check on an emergency, you can step out briefly. Think about programming the ‘focus mode’ on your cellphones and other devices, so that emergency notifications can come through, but otherwise distracting notifications are silenced.

Attendance

Attending class on time is important. If you cannot attend:

  • check with classmates, check blog posts and slides
  • Extended absence: let professor know; consider keeping documentation for reference
  • Frequent late arrivals are problematic; talk about in final conference
  • If you need to leave early: let professor know before class starts.

The Try-fecta

Diligence – persistent effort
  • Try your best!!!
  • Lean on each other; we are a community now. Ask colleagues (including Friend) for help thinking through things.
Preparedness – a strong knowledge of the material 
  • Are you not sure about the material? That’s okay. 
  • Did you read it? You are prepared.
Participation – actively taking part/engaging in the course material 
  • Keyword: ACTIVE, including active listening.
  • Being an active participant is NOT just yapping; it’s about being an active listener too!
  • Nods, “mhms”, eye contact, etc. 
  • Push yourself to speak if you can (introverts, hiiii)

For all of this, keep in mind that it can be noted in your feedback. All of these lean on each other. 

Late Work/Revision

Regarding late work, your assignments should be completed before Professor Friend grades, whether he grades on the day of the due date or after. If your essays and major assignments are not completed before Professor Friend grades, first complete your assignment, hand it in on Canvas, then discuss setting up an appointment for a meeting. Blog posts do not apply; they will be marked incomplete if not completed before Professor Friend grades. 

Grading

Assignments: Incomplete/complete

If a document misses the mark, Friend will mark it incomplete. Come chat during office hours to discuss improvement. All major assignments should be complete by the end of the semester. You need to successfully complete all major assignments in order to pass the class.

Final grade for the semester will be discussed in a conference with the instructor.

Wednesday Class