Archive for May 19th, 2009

Extra Frosting

May 19, 2009

My students once gave me a can of frosting at the end of the semester.

There is a reason.  In the beginning of the semester I tell my students a little about my approach to teaching.  That approach includes the idea that I will teach the basic information that they will need to know to pass the course.  That is the core material that the school expects to be taught, and that they will be tested over.  Then there is the body,  that fleshes out the core material, additional information that is beneficial to understanding the topics.

Then there is the frosting.  The frosting is material that is relevant to the course, but not a part of the core, or the body.  It is fun information that helps maintain interest and brings a little life to the lectures.

I like a lot of frosting; on my cake, and in my class.