You will be graded on your willingness to participate in class, in both whole-class and small-group or partner work. You are expected to come to class prepared (even when no assignment is being collected), focus on what we are doing in class (this includes not working on homework due that day or work for another course), and not be disruptive to other students in class or the instructor. Violating the laptop/cell phone policy (see below) will also result in a lowered participation grade.
We recommend that every student discusses his/her participation and preparation with the instructor during office hours (or make an appointment). You won’t necessarily receive regular feedback (positive or negative) on your participation unless you request it.