Fresh Graffiti on the Wisdom Wall

I’ve previously written about my love of the “wisdom wall,” a technique I picked up from the good folks at CSU Channel Islands. Basically, you have students write advice to the next semester of students. I have them do this via Google Form and then add all of these to the class wiki. Well it turns out I forgot to check it in May and just now remembered it. This was a nice pick-me-up in the summer because students sometimes write funny stuff like this:

Go to class because it makes Professor Croom sad, plus he plays music so it’s nice to work in class.

It’s true. I do get sad in the Spring when students magically disappear towards the end of the semester. By the way, this person would never call me “professor” to my face. Why do students want to sound so formally when they submit assignments?!

Ironically, the last entry is this:

Don’t procrastinate. Start working on your project the day that it’s assigned and build it continuously until the due date. You’ll get your best product from working on the design at different points throughout the creative process (time wise).

Hey, some of us are just who we are!

But then occasionally someone also writes something that’s thoughtful and rather brilliant. Like this student:

I’ve thought about these 3 things since I started thinking about the summary of learning. I think students should hear it from someone who already went through the class:1.Make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to mess up and start over. Change your mind as many times as you have to because you’ll only learn if you’re not afraid to try everything. It’s okay if the right idea takes ten tries.

2.Don’t settle for good, don’t strive for perfect. I can’t remember which lesson mentioned this but at some point I remember hearing that you only know you’re improving if you realize how good your work actually is. Maybe you don’t know how to do better but at least you know that you can, that you’re not putting forth your best work. At the same time, this is still a beginner course, it’s okay if your work is not as professional as you would like it to be. Try your best and practice will eventually result in improvement.

3.Make time. I learned this the hard way and I would change it if I could. Make time to work on your designs outside of class time, make time to post on the blog, make time for the quizzes. Just make time. You’ll regret it if you don’t.

Man oh man! Students got me all feeling the feels!