I called my daughter this morning as she was on her way to take her final in Anatomy and Physiology at Redwood Community College in Eureka, CA. She sounded relaxed and actually excited about taking the test two days early. Her words were something like this: “You would like this guy, Mom . . . he’s really interested in our LEARNING this stuff!”
Isn’t it strange that to her that seems unusual?
She explained by saying that all of the tests are essay . . . so that they really need to understand the material rather than relying on “multiple guess.” She went on to give me an example of what happened during the last test. At one point she became confused about which of two chemicals functioned a certain way. He encourages students to come up during the test to discuss problems they are having. When she went up he didn’t give her the answer . . . but instead asked her a question that made her remember the context in which it was originally taught. Not only did she remember immediately . . . several weeks later she was able to explain the whole physical process to me!
As she said . . . her teacher loves the “light bulb moment”! I wish all teachers felt that way!!!