Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Syllabus Scavenger Hunt

I've been updating the syllabus for my classes next year.  Every year it gets a little easier because I'm more satisfied with what I used the year before.  The big challenge is to try to put all the important information into a format that students will actually read.  

Here's what my German 1 syllabus looks like:

This year I've decided to do a scavenger hunt activity with highlighters on the first day of school with my German 1 and 2 classes.  

Students will highlight the answers to the top 4 frequently asked questions - things like

"Did I miss anything when I was absent?" 

"If I get a lower score on my test retake, can I keep my first score?"

"What's the website for the online textbook?"

I hope this activity will push students to read the syllabus more closely and reduce the number of times I have to answer these questions.  When they ask, I can just remind them that the answer is highlighted on their syllabus, and hopefully they will learn to be more self-reliant.  

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