***SORELLE*** taught undergraduate algorithms in summer of 2009. I proofread her midterm, proofread her final (resulting in one question being taken off and replaced), and sat in on it (at her request) so I could see what's up. This is as good an excuse as any to talk about summer courses, and to have us guest post on each others blogs.
Is taking classes over the summer a good idea? Jamming 15 weeks into 7 weeks might make the class go fast, though if its the only class you are taking and you care about the material, this can work. If you failed it in the regular term and need to catch up and will really put the work in then that can work also.
(Personal note: I took four summer courses as an ugrad: Summer after freshman year I took multivariate calculus and Prob, Summer after Sophomore year I took Physics II and Basic Anthropology. It worked for me, but note that I cared about these subjects.)
Is teaching a class over the summer a good idea? I'll defer to ***SORELLE'S*** post for that one.
- Summer courses tend to have an inverted bell curve. There are some very good students who want to get ahead. There are some very bad students who need to catch up. There are less in between.
- ***SORELLE*** was doing a review for the midterm. This was challenge since some of the students didn't know basic induction. So she had to walk it back to material in courses that were two courses ago! Should she have ignored those students and concentrate on the good ones? The ones that don't need review? How about the middle? I'll let her answer those thoughts.