I have received numerous messages from students concerned that they
will not be able to take classes with members of their original
cohort. We have high enrollment in all of our classes, and many of
them are being split. Let me be clear about what is happening with
EDCI516 - has just added a second section. The split between those
courses is TBD. It may be by program (both ESL and elementary students
take this course) or by another way. I will be sending out a brief
survey to 516 students on Monday to determine the breakdown of this
EDCI 519 - will likely be split by teaching experience. This course
will be co-taught by both instructors, so students will spend part of
the class together as a large group, then part of the class in small
groups depending on experience and/or some other factors. I have
already sent a survey out about this. If you are registered for the
course, please respond ASAP.
EDCI 777 - is divided by program. Elementary students will be with Dr.
Shaklee (formerly with Dr. Illmer). ESL students have their own
course. There may be some parts of the course where both groups come
together, but that will be a small portion of the class, and most
likely during presentations.
We are NOT honoring any requests to be in a special section of a
course, or to be put into a class with certain other students. I
appreciate that many of you have formed strong relationships with
fellow students throughout the program, but we are being purposeful in
how we divide these sections to create a rich learning environment for
new and returning students, novice and experienced teachers, Elementary
and ESL participants. Please, do not contact FAST TRAIN requesting a
certain section of the course. We will no longer be responding to
these emails individually.
Safe journeys and we'll see you soon.
Coordinator, FAST TRAIN Programs
George Mason University
4260 Chain Bridge Road, A1
Fairfax, VA 22030
Ph: 1-703-993-3602 Fax: 1-703-246-8996