Brain and Behavior Institute 2008 - Participant Assignments



Participant Expectations/Assignments

What you get out of this institute is, as with any educational activity, to a large extent a function of what you put into it. And what you put into it will strongly influence what others get out of it as well, both other institute participants and others interested in education world wide. For these reasons, you should during the summer

  • participate actively in each day's morning discussions and afternoon development sessions
  • make regular postings in the institute on-line forum areas, and respond each day to at least one other posting
  • develop and present to other institute participants two open-ended transactional educational experiences that you have developed for this group (one on each Friday afternoon)
  • use afternoon development sessions to explore resources and create materials for open-ended transactional educational experiences you can use next year in your own classrooms

Following the Institute

  1. Please continue thinking about our conversations during the ten days of the Institute, and what we might continue to do together to bring about desireable changes in pre-college (and college) education. Insitute materials will remain available to you (and others) at This includes all notes and resource lists, your web pages, and the institute forum areas.
  2. By September 1, please prepare a curriculum development proposal. This should describe some aspect of your experiences with the Institute which suggests a way to improve pre-college education, and the particular changes which you want to try out in your own classroom. It should include as well a budget indicating how you will spend $200 to bring about those changes. The proposal should be made available as part of your blog. Checks will be mailed for receipt by October 1.
  3. Keep us all posted during the year by recording your thoughts/experiences at least monthly in your blog. Keep in mind Serendip, the kinds of resources and conversations it would be helpful to you and others to have there, and contributions that you (and your students) might be able to make to that.
  4. By June 1, please prepare a report on the outcome of your curriculum development activities. This report should also be posted in your blog and be thoughtful (including both successes and failures), no more than three or four pages long, and provide a synopsis of what you actually did and how that in turn suggests additional things for yourself and other teachers.
  5. By June 1, complete an on-line questionairre about the ways the Institute has influenced your teaching during the year at a URL that will be emailed to you.

Your attention to this set of responsibilities/assignments is important not only to your own education and that of others but also to external assessments of the summer institute progrm on which its continued funding depends. Participants who fail to satisfy expectations will not be eligible for admission to future institutes in the program.


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