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2009康奈尔夏季学院毕业生日记选登㈠

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美国的数学课

  在康奈尔,除了学习英语,我还选修了数学微积分的学分。而正是这门微积分课程,让我更深切体验到了美国的教育,同时也成为了我最难忘的课程。

数学教室位于康大mallet hall, 就在数学图书馆楼下。教师并不大,但十分整洁。教室内设施与国内的大不相同,简单的带书写板的椅子,一块黑板,一个垃圾桶,便组成了整个教室。教室虽小,但这三十个人共同学习的地方更利于学生们自由交流。Tim Goldberg教授是一个有着大大的啤酒肚,长着一张娃娃脸的老师。每每当他戏称自己为goldfish,并拿自己的啤酒肚开玩笑时,我们便以不知不觉成为了好朋友。他所做的一切, 都无形中激发着我们对数学的兴趣,促使我们对一个有一个命题进行不断探索。每当开始一章新话题时,Tim就会讲一段笑话或是说一段历史,然后不知不觉就把学生们吸引了进来;他举的例题也别出心裁:什么拿破仑号帆船追及战啦,什么经济学家语言大萧条啦,每一次他都能十分完美地把枯燥的数学题演变为一出出引人入胜的戏剧,让我们这些学生由衷地自主学习。                            

                             A-LEVEL 核心1班 蒋橙


康奈尔的教育

经过了二十多个小时的辗转,我们终于来到了康大的校园。典雅的建筑、整洁的街道、清新的空气,一切都在为我们六周的生活揭开序幕。达到康奈尔后,我们每人都拿到了一张课程表,每个人可以根据自己的个人喜好和兴趣进行选课,激发了我们的学习兴趣。但尽管能选择自己喜欢的课,美国的学习是进易出难,学校不阻止你参加感兴趣的课程,但会考虑让不让你修学分。我所选择的宏观经济学在期中进行了一次考试,而教授进行筛选后决定让一些成绩不优秀的同学退出修学分。可见要在国外修到学分要靠自己的努力才行,因为学分的要求很高,不付出努力是不可能有好的成绩的。

其次说说class sizes。在中国,一个班级的正常规模是四十到五十个人左右。而在美国,英语课的班级只有十个人左右,经济学等其他科目的班机基本都不会超过三十个人。班级人数的多少决定了课堂上学生与教师的互动与交流质量, 课堂气氛更加的活跃。

接着说一下教室的arrangement,这个也是一个很有趣的地方。中国的教室都是讲台前面整齐的摆着一排排的课桌和椅子。但美国的课堂,没有所谓的讲台,而且课桌的摆放是呈半包围结构,人人和教授的距离都是一样的,这样方便了所有学生与教授的交流。而在国际关系这种需要大量讨论的课堂内,都没有放置桌子。这样学生可以更便于互相讨论和交流。

其次便是老师与学生之间的communication。美国的教授上课都鼓励学生与自己、学生之间交流,有时教授会一节课什么都不说而有我们学生进行自由讨论。记得有一节课上,我们的英语教授CAMPBELL让我们自己对文章进行讨论和赏析,就只是在最后十几分钟进行了总结。首先互相之间的讨论很大程度上提高了大家的口头表达能力的与人沟通的能力,提升了学生与人交流的信心。其次教授由学生自己去探知和讨论,是自我探索的过程,会让我们对知识点的掌握更加的巩固。而在经济课上,教授会经常停下来说一句,‘Any questions so far?’,让学生及时提问,一旦我们有什么疑问或者问题能立刻解决,而不是让问题像滚雪球一样,越滚越多、越滚越大,导致最后无法解决。

最后,每周学生都有和教授进行一对一的谈话机会—coference,通常是四十分钟左右。在这段时间里,教授会和你一起修改作文,但更多的是聊天。这样的机会很难得。有幸的是,我们的CAMPBELL教授大学是修文学的,有很多文学方面的知识。每次谈话,她总会介绍一下著名的作家或者是作品并推荐我们去阅读,这让我们更深入的熟悉了美国的文学文化和历史。而像这种与教授一对一的交流对于我们今后在社会上的交往有着很大的帮助。

                                                                                                                                            A-LEVEL    核心2班龚宸


                                                                             The Niagara Falls

Today is such a great day! We went to the Niagara Falls which is considered as one of the most famous water falls in the world. It is located on the Niagara River, in western New York and south-eastern Ontario. The most interesting thing is that there’s a fall on America side called the American Falls and the Horseshoe on the Canada side. After 5 hours’ bus time, we finally arrived there. It was amazing! I have never expected to see such a great tourist attraction in America! When we actually got under the water fall, I was totally surprised by the scenes in front of my eyes! The water fell from the top of the hill, and its speed was really fast. When I entered the middle of the water fall, a plenty of water rushed down! Oh my god! I got all wet even though I wore a raincoat! I screamed when the water poured down on my head, but nobody could hear it as the water was making so much noise. After that, we went to start a tour by ship. To my surprise, the security guard who is an African American could speak Chinese quite well. He said good afternoon to us and then he counted the number of all the Chinese tourists in very standard Chinese. All the Chinese broke into cheers when he did this.

 The most interesting thing I think is the Rainbow Bridge. It connects the America and Canada. On the middle of this bridge is the boundary for both the America and Canada. It must be very interesting if you put your one foot on the Canada side and your another foot on the America side. But we didn't have the chance to do that. What a pity! Then we started a wonderful trip on the ship. On the ship, we got much closer to the water falls. It could be one of the most enjoyable trips in my life.                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                       高二12 王程立


 

             A trip to Stewat Park                      Saturday, sunny

With the three top points, I started my trip to Stewat Park.

Before I went to the park, I searched the map on the internet. It shows that it is 2miles away which takes a 1-hour-walk. It is a long journay I know, but I still enjoy it. Houses around the road are the main reasons. There are several beautiful houses along the street. None of them are in the same style. Just like in the fairy tale. Only then can I feel that I am really in the USA.

I was very excited when I saw the Lake. It is quite beautiful and mild. Ducks were swimming freely. Sometimes they flew over the lake, sometimes they just relaxed. I walked along the bank of the lake and watched the boats floating on the lake.

Near the lake, there was some equipment for fun. Swing is one of them. I still remember the time I spent on it without the pressure of study. This remind me of my childhood. My parents often took me to parks to have a picnic and enjoyed the fresh air. We sang and danced happily. However with time went by, my study got heavier and my parents didn’t have enough time as well.

But now I see that. I need to spend more time with my parents instead of searching on the internet. Our life has a limit, we must cherish it as the most valuable thing during our time. So spend more time with your family.                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                  高二7班 袁澍莹


 

 

 

 

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