An excellent expression of this idea, Eric...I like that word "teacherly,"
too...is that a crumpism? I ask because I haven't heard it before, but
it certainly works in this context. :)
And I think this business of the teacher being part of the project is
extremely important and gets overlooked most of the time or not even
considered, especially if you are using a small group approach to teaching.
That's one thing I like about the "divided class" approach that Noel
and some others have been doing here. The instructor becomes a more integral
part of the group's project even though they often meet without her. But
since she gets in on the goal setting in a group of 4-5 students, she has
a much clearer idea of what they are TRYING to do and evaluation is
facilitated...If she is on this list, here experiences are pertinent to
Another instructor I know who does a wonderful job of letting the group
set the standards for evaluation is Anjail Ahmad, who I think is on this
list, too...if so, her experiences with a group that kicked out one of their
members would be a helpful addition to this discussion.