After enjoying my CITZN 110 class so much with Dr. Dudley-Shotwell in the fall, I decided to take my history 222 class with her for my second honors class of the spring semester. This class resembled my CITZN class, but with a twist. We were required to annotate the sources we were given but we also got to do other things. We got to watch movies, listen to podcast, and shows all while taking notes. This class we didn’t have the in-class discussions once a week on our articles because every class was a discussion. Although we didn’t get in the typical classroom discussion set up, we were allowed to chime in whenever, make comments when we felt necessary, and address our classmates. Again, I really like this because it allows for students to speak freely and hear opinions from their peers without judgment. One difference with my history class from my CITZN class was that we had quizzes. Although we had quizzes, they were only on our assigned Crash Course episodes and were open-note.
For our final example we were required to create a Buzzfeed Article, using seven of the topics from our class and reflecting on them. I really like how Dr. Dudley-Shotwell assigns projects instead of test because it allows to use everything we’ve learned throughout the semester and really demonstrate our knowledge of the material. I decided to attach my final project as my artifact for this class because I loved the way it turned out and everything I learned from the class. I will definitely be signing up for another class with Dr. Dudley-Shotwell in the future if it aligns with my schedule!
After enjoying my first honors class so much, I decided to challenge myself and sign up for two honors classes for the spring semester. One of the honors classes I decided to sign up for was Education 245. I was really excited for this class as it related to my major and something I am very interested in. Similar to my CITZN class, on the first day Dr. Cosby presented us with our syllabus and explained to us what she expected from us throughout this semester. I really liked this because it allowed me to plan my semester out to be the most successful student I could be.
For each class, Dr. Cosby included an interactive activity which I really enjoyed. It allowed for the students to learn beyond the textbook, and apply what we learned. She also had us do many presentations which I liked because many of us are planning on becoming teachers, so we need to get used to speaking in front of the class. Along with the interactive activities, she had very organized presentations for us to follow along and allowed us to chime in whenever. I really liked the way she ran our class because it wasn’t the typical classroom routine, something I hope to carry into my own classroom. I decided to attach my Three Age’s Project Presentation, our biggest project of the semester as my artifact. For this project we were required to interview three different people from different stages of childhood and write a ten page paper incorporating theories into the interviewees answers. With our presentation, we were suppose to share some of our findings with the class and explains our connections. It was a very difficult project, but one that I found interesting and enjoyed doing.
The first honors class I took was my CITZN 110 class with Dr. Dudley-Shotwell. When I first saw my schedule included an honors class my first semester in college, to say I was nervous was an understatement. I didn’t know what to expect for college classes, yet alone an honors college class. The first day Dr. Dudley-Shotwell went over the schedule and really laid out the plan for the class which calmed my nervous. Each week we were expected to annotate an article or multiple and be prepared to discuss it. We would learn about the article further and then we would have a class discussion regarding it. I liked how we followed a schedule and I knew what to expect for each class. In the end, this ended up being my favorite class from first semester because we were allowed to input our opinions into the lessons and have other students respond to it as well. This was a very different classroom dynamic than I was used to, but I really enjoyed the freedom we had in this class.
Although this class had no test, it was made up by all our annotating. Each week we annotated articles, some as long as 26 pages. For our final project, we took one of our favorite topics from this class and expanded it. We created a syllabus for a new class based on that topic alone with several articles that correlated. I chose to focus on Japanese Internment in America, and through this project I learned so much I didn’t know before. Because of this, I have decided to attach my final project as my artifact because I am very proud of the outcome!