(1) Finally got the link to the file to work. It will take you to a separate page first, but then click on the link you get to open the file.
(2) Welcome, Carnival of Education readers. There’s a follow-up to this post here, and more stuff on education here.]
I came up with this document (where-does-time-go.pdf, 200 KB PDF) while working on some course planning today for calculus, and I’m pretty proud of it.
I was inspired by this page of stuff from Steven Zucker, a math professor at Johns Hopkins, as well a thought from Learning Curves that going Greek is the equivalent time-wise of signing up for a class. (I made it three hours instead of two, and I can’t find the precise post where that was mentioned, otherwise I’d link it.)
My assumptions here (8 hours of sleep a night, three meals a day at one hour per meal, etc.) may seem a little unlikely, but any overestimation of time would be made up for by unplanned time expenses (time spent walking to class, time spent in the shower, etc.). If you accept the numbers in the document, students have about 37 hours a week of time that they don’t spend asleep, eating, attending class, or working on class. About five hours a day. That’s downright extravagant! Can I have that lifestyle, please? The catch, of course, is how that free time gets spent, which is the point of the document and the minilecture that will accompany it.