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My Masters program started on August 29th, a week after school started. I have two courses this semester, Critical Thinking and Informal Science Education. Before classes began, I was looking forward to Critical Thinking more, but now that we're underway, I think I'm going to like the Informal Science Education better.

It turns out that the Critical Thinking class is basically a Logic class for Science folk. Apart from some very simple program logic which I learned for physics instrumentation, I've never studied logic. So I'm reading a lot of terms that I've never heard of or never knew what they meant. (Enthymeme anyone? Syllogisms?) Even terms I am familiar with may have somewhat different meanings when talking about logic. So I've found the best way to work with that class is have a dictionary beside me while I read the presentation slides and the chapter readings. The best part of the class is the class discussion. After the first lesson made no sense to me, I read through the discussion so far and was finally able to start wrapping my brain around stuff. With the second lesson, I had my references (let's hear it for Wikipedia!) handy and tried to do it all without help from the others. And then I read what others said and found out that I was on the right track. That sounds good to me!

The class on Informal Science Learning is about teaching & learning science in an informal setting. Like watching a science program on TV or visiting a science museum. The course is taught by a lady who works at a science museum in Buffalo, NY. Cool. And my assignments are to watch a science program or read a science blog online (anyone have any favorites?), to visit a science museum (woohoo! Boonshoft here I come!), and to read from science journals or books (something I do on a regular basis actually). And as with the other class, the course discussion board is lively and informative. I think I'm going to like this program!

As I suspected, my biggest weakness in this program is my procrastination. This week in particular I was bad. Although I read the book readings on Wednesday, I didn't actually finish the week's work until today. But I spent over four hours in my library with my dictionary (and sometimes Linus) by my side. And I got the week's work done. I'm hoping to do better this coming week and work on material throughout the week.

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From: scalderwood Date: September 10th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I hear you about procrastination. I'm the same way!

Also, if you ever need help with logic, there's a philosophy grad student who'd be willing to help. :)
trinalin From: trinalin Date: September 12th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll keep you in mind! Thanks for the offer!
kiri_l From: kiri_l Date: September 11th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Trina - you still go into DWC? I just located your contact info (trying to sort out my address book again) and I wanted to check with you on what I have...
trinalin From: trinalin Date: September 12th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I rarely go into DWC (and when I do go in, nobody's talking). Chances are, unless you have an Eaton address, what you have will work. :-)
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