helped me draw better connections. I don't feel as if I'm eating the answer and
spitting it back out at the teacher. I
feel like I'm discovering new ideas which makes me more enthusiastic about the
class and much more motivated in understanding the texts.
was forced to shed some of my pre-conceived notions regarding how I go about
studying and learning. It is no
longer ok for me to breeze through a book, gleaning the basic concepts and
memorizing facts that look likely to be on an exam.
Now I have to actually read the work. I have to figure out what the
author is trying to tell me and delve deeper by relating those concepts to other
works and real life. It is a
multiple teachers :
didn't pretend to know
everything, but we saw that they were learning.
This acknowledges that none of us can or be expected to know everything
there is to know about something. This was empowering.
Enjoyed seminars and peer learning :
can use your peers to learn instead of relying solely on the instructor to
provide the facts.
able to see or hear different points of view about the
was the chance to discuss thoughts and ideas openly without being laughed at.
It was nice to be able to bring an idea to the group and have everyone
take it seriously. It made me
realize that not all my ideas are ignorant and uninspired.
In the future it will be easier to speak my mind.
Seminar also taught me to look deeper into everything.
were invited to learn using our own
helped me to learn to read hard books.
books would have been inaccessible to me before, expectation of reading them
were out of my capacity but because of seminar it made it a different
experience, how empowering.
read books that enlightened me and wrote seminar papers and essays that
surprised me that I could write on such a deep level--meaning actually getting
into the author's head.
critical thinking skills improved the most.
I analyze everything in my life now.
I am not so quick to make judgments.
learned to ask for help which I haven't done before.
Developed skills for a collaborative learning community:
learned to build relationships with each other, like a community and in turn ALL
were able to contribute ideas, writings, or feelings.
learning community model, especially seminars, created a safe space
the older, returning students.
me to interact with
others, build relationships. Taught me to feel comfortable speaking in front of a groups.
course helped me to stop and listen to others and value their opinions, beliefs,
viewpoints and even consider them for myself.
Liked having longer class sessions:
together for nine hours a week and working together in groups helped break down
the stiff formal atmosphere of a normal classroom environment