What does a successful class look like for me?

Of course a successful class session will vary with respect to the objectives for any given class session. However, here are some general things that I am on the lookout for to determine whether a class session is successful:

  1. Students ask questions about the reading assignment or an aspect of the lecture
  2. Students indicate that something that was previously unclear is now clearer
  3. Students begin to make connections between discussions in this class and what they are learning in another class or otherwise with an aspect of their life more generally
  4. Students begin to respectfully engage one another and respond to each other’s comments during class discussions
  5. Students show evidence of sustained reflection on issues and questions in the course
  6. Students indicate some level of excitement and enthusiasm for the course material
  7. Student comments and questions help me to clarify or develop my own thinking