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  1. Sep 2019
    1. We believe we can teach and support students in educationally purposeful ways when we collaborate with each other and the larger community

      I think this can be taught in more ways than group homework projects! Nobody enjoys or learns from these regardless of the way its set up or the good intentions involved. If group projects have to exist, they can be done during class time. On the other hand, they could be eliminated and work on homework on our own.

    2. SF State’s academic mission advances a distinct commitment to critical and collaborative thought, intellectual pluralism and action. SF State’s faculty are both dedicated teachers and engaged professional practi

      I cannot help but wonder if the school is actually dedicated to critical thinking, or if it is an extension of learning the material and earning good grades as in high school prior.

    1. SF State equips its students to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

      I certainly hope that this phrase is true, because nothing in my life so far (high school, family, etc.) has left me feeling prepared for life in adulthood or college, much less the challenges presented in the 21st century. The only preparation I have received is the experiences I have managed to get through, and while that is satisfying to a degree, it does not feel like the most productive way to learn.

    2. Academic Senate Policy

      This policy, in general, sounds promising, but unoriginal. After reading this, I am unsure how to feel. It sounds great. My experience so far, and I am sure it is subject to change from semester to semester, has been no different from high school besides larger classes and the fact that I have to pay for it. I hope that my experience is worth the money..

    1. If you can’t explain something simply, it means you don’t fully understand it

      I have had teachers who are unable to explain something, and I wish they could learn this motto. As a studying mantra, I do think it has significance. If I can't explain it to a peer, how will I possibly be able to explain a concept to the teacher on the test coming up? If I can give a solid and concise explanation, I should be able to pass with no problem.

    2. Slow learners memorized, while rapid learners made connections between ideas.

      This is interesting to point out, because in general, I haven't found it necessary to study for large amounts of times (besides finals) for tests. The only subjects I've only really needed to study for are the subjects that required me to memorize such as a science class in which I was required to memorize terms upwards of 30 words verbatim every week or so.

    1. While my college had done an excellent job recruiting me, I had no road map for what I was supposed to do

      I feel this pretty frequently and definitely felt this before taking my gap year. Initially going to attend another college, I felt lost as far as why I was even at orientation, and nobody was there to help me figure out some of those unknowns.

    2. It’s not even knowing what you don’t know.

      I don't think that this is completely isolated to first-generation students. I personally have no idea what I don't know. I still need a lot of help discovering my major and career path, but more than that just discovering what my options even really are.

    1. She wants both parental education and income taken into account, limiting the definition to those whose parents never attended college and are eligible for Pell grants. That means an income below $50,000. “Universities must attack disadvantage at its roots,”

      This definitely could be a good idea if those who are severely disadvantaged could receive even greater support. On the other hand, there are definitely circumstances were a student with parents who attended college don't really provide support for their child, and this could limit a larger amount of people attending college or affect the drop out rates.

    2. the legislative definition (no parent in the household has a bachelor’s degree)

      As a (former) emancipated minor, I wonder if the Department of Education would consider me to be a first-generation college student or not.

    1. There is a real problem with the elite privates and flagship publics in not serving as many low-income students as they should,”

      The pricetag of a college degree is a extremely frustrating topic for me, and was one of the many reasons I veered away from the college path entirely. The fact is, after considering inflation, even just a few generations ago, our elders were able to attend college for pennies comparatively to wheat we pay now. To me, it can feel like "for what?" because of incompetent staffing, the price of housing, etc.

    2. was not willing to leave home at age 18 for an unfamiliar world. “I just didn’t feel like I was ready to go out to college on my own,” he said. “So I decided to stay home and save money.”

      This is very similar to my own experience, to a degree. Senior year of high school, I was accepted to many of schools that I had applied to, but I didn't feel the passion to attend, have the money, or have the drive to throw myself directly from living with family into a giant school. I think this was a reasonable decision, because I feared burning out after the first year and dropping out after accumulating a year's worth of student debt. Instead, I took a gap year (albeit away from home) to save money and just take some time off. I know that attending college is the important next step to grow and to achieve my success, but the year away gave me the courage to do so.

  2. Aug 2019
    1. VARK, which stands for “Visual, Auditory, Reading, and Kinesthetic," sorts students into those who learn best visually, through aural or heard information, through reading, or through “kinesthetic” experiences

      Something that did stand out to me about this concept is that I have already encountered professors from my other classes suggesting that I find out what my learning style is, so that I can be prepared to learn. It did irk me, because it isn't something I've thought deeply about or event think was necessary, considering I've always earned good grades in school.

    2. not only did students not study in ways that seemed to reflect their learning style, those who did tailor their studying to suit their style didn’t do any better on their tests.

      This is interesting to me, because I have heard frequently about learning styles, but I have never felt truly aligned with any particular "style." In my experience, I feel like I soak up information best in a lecture setting, which could be considered "aural," but I actually agree with this article. Personally, I think I prefer lecture style learning, because I prefer the physical presence and the environment helps me to concentrate. Alternatively, I greatly dislike the audio versions of textbooks, which I think disproves the idea that I could be considered an "aural" learner.