Saturday, July 08, 2006
End of the Semester
My students are very stressed by the end of semester exam. This year, however, I relaxed my demands of submitting all the exercises, since last year I was unable to read carefully, to discuss and to qualify all of them. This year it was easier for the students. The Technion solves the problem of excessive workload on the teachers by reducing the number of exercises to 2 or 3 per semester, or one group project. They love group projects, and the one I saw was about planning a wastewater treatment plant. The project I saw had many errors, and they have much less students than we have in Ariel.
I am sorry that this semester we did not manage to make field trips to water infrastructure in the Ariel area. This year the University required their permission to make excursions, so I could not organize field trips freely and without insurance and so on. The bureaucracy kills my initiative, but it is my fault, their requirements are reasonable. All in all, it was not a semester that I am happy with. Next year it will be better.