Thursday, January 17, 2008

January - Struggle




A few images of January in the library.

For me, the interesting thing about this month has been watching students struggle with research assignments. Gathering resources to support your thesis statement requires a combination of scanning and critical evaluation. Doing a search and pulling up 32 critical essays on the theme of "Hamlet and madness", and then digging into them to locate an appropriate point, is challenging. Struggle is where the real learning occurs. That "ah - ha" moment when he or she has tracked down the perfect point in the seventh paragraph is a great thing to witness.

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