What SAIL Classes Look Like

Because each discipline and each instructor has different things that students learn and do, each SAIL class looks a bit different.  In some classes there is some lecture from the instructor but in some the instructor does not lecture at all.  In some classes students work on large open-ended projects, while in some other classes students work on short problems on a worksheet much like a problem set.  In short, there is no one way to teach a SAIL class.  However there are some common themes:

  • Instructors create a set of structured activities to help the students gain the content and the skills that they hope to teach.
  • Students work in groups on problems set by the instructor.
  • The instructor and TAs circulate to coach the students through the problems.

The following resources may help as you think about creating or running a SAIL course.