For a couple of weeks we have been observing and analyzing the appearance, actions, and ideas of our peers in Composition 250. It was a interesting task to use the skills that we have learned throughout this unit to observe and analyze some of my other classes. The way that my peers act in classes other than Composition 250 is much different that the way that they behave in composition class. This is because my classmates have adapted to act accordingly in each class so they may obtain the most amount of information for that particular subject.
In my Math 121 class, my peers sit in rows facing the front of the room where the professor lectures on new topics and answers questions. My classmates are constantly taking notes and trying to grasp the concepts we are being introduced to. My class is quizzed on this information every Friday so it is crucial that my peers make an effort to understand the topics in class so that they may complete the homework and feel prepared for the quiz. Sometimes after new concepts are introduced, we will have a little bit of time to work through problems and compare them with our classmates.
Yesterday, after a small lecture, we got in groups to work on a worksheet. My group mates would try to work out individual problems independently, and then address to the other members for help if needed. When we got to some of the harder problems, two of my group members would discuss the best way to work through the problem while the rest of the group sat and looked confused until correct way to complete the problem was explained to them. This was an unusual set up for class because we didn’t have new material to cover. The activity was to help us review for an exam next class.