1. Question for Clarification. If you are confused about a concept, term or argument, you can ask a question for clarification. e.g. What does reductionism mean?
2. Issue for Evaluation. If you think you know what the author is saying, then likely you have an opinion. Perhaps you agree or disagree. Either way, you can bring up your position in response to the text as an issue for evaluation. e.g. This author seems to say that our minds are nothing more than our brains as can be studied by science. I disagree because this leaves out experience.
3. Connection to Other Material. If you notice a connection to another class, a work of literature or other art or some real-life experience, please bring this to class. e.g. This book reminds me of Blade Runner because…
4. Personal Response. Naturally, you will have emotional responses to the work we read. Please feel free to note these and bring them to class. e.g. Reading Kant made me angry because he is very hard to read!
These expectations are adapted from the teaching style of Dr. Stephen Kellert.