Inspirational Syllabus Challenge

A couple of weeks ago, John Burk challenged us teachers to create more inspirational syllabi for our courses. He posted this just as I was about to send my syllabi for the fall out for copies to be made. Arrrgg!

While I don’t have visually arresting design skills, I did take another pass at my syllabi since previous versions were very dense and not at all inspirational. I wanted the revised version to share my essential goals, which I hope students find inspirational, and provide the most critical information on the first page. The details, the boring dense stuff, could be relegated to additional pages.

Here’s what I came up with for my General Physics class.

Download (PDF, 49KB)

My Honors Physics class syllabus is very similar.

Download (PDF, 50KB)

I’m going to send these out for copies before John can write another post that guilts inspires me to do more work. Hopefully, my students will benefit from these revisions as well!

2 thoughts on “Inspirational Syllabus Challenge

  1. John Burk

    I like your goals and I really like that they are at the front of the document. Since these are so simple, have you ever thought of printing them as a poster?

    1. geoff Post author

      Great idea! We have a large printer that I rarely use that could easily do that… I share a room with three other teachers, but I hope they would agree with these goals!


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