Ordinary class setting
Time in class: 1 hour
Lecture time: 55 min
Hands-on time: Once in a blue moon
Learning: Regurgitate everything you memorized
Coming from a school with 2500 students and 530 students in my graduating class alone, it was close to impossible for teachers to give anything but lectures. The teachers believed that lectures was the most effective way to teach curriculum for the oh-so-dreaded AP exams. Rarely did we have entertaining projects and opportunities to grow on our own.
Since this refers to an AA meeting for lectureholics, I must confess that I liked the lectures. I have always had a good memory, so all I needed to do was write down as much information as possible and come the test remember it. Naturally when I arrived at Compass, I did not know what to expect. However I reasoned that since we’re working with graduate students we were gonna get some interesting lectures. WRONG!!!
Compass is anything but the ordinary classroom. We are truly challenged and encouraged to grow in our logical, mathematical, and conceptual reasoning. This gives us a “feel” of being a real researcher. We have questions and observations with no real idea of what it all means. All in all, it is a giant step away from the lectures. This is something really new to me, but I really like it.
I guess I’ve finally lost my “addiction” to lectures. At first, I was really needing a lecture. After being on “autopilot” for all summer, I couldn’t possibly remember everything. But by the end of the first week I reached an epiphany, thanks of course to the peer collaboration. Now I realize that I don’t need a lecture. I learn by questioning, debating, wondering, collaborating, and solving technical problems.
Thanks to Compass, I’ve been lecture free for 5 days. And I like this change.