This could be taught separate from the non-honors course.
Diff homework, diff exams.
- CON: If a student would have gotten (say) an A in the non-honors course, but gets a B in the honors section, that is not good. OR the teacher could grade inflate so that the students who got a B in the reg section gets an A in the honors section.
PRO: the homework and exams can be more interesting since you do not have to worry about how they are for the non-honors student.
You could give the same exams and homework to the honors students but REQUIRE
them to do more work- extra problems on the homework, extra problems on the Exams.
- PRO: They will get to do more fun problems.
- CON: They are being penalized for taking an honors course.
Same Exams and homework as the regular class.
The regular class meets Tu-Th for 75 minutes.
The Honors class meets MWF for 50 minutes each.
What the Regular class does on Tu-Th, the honors class does on MW.
On FRIDAY the honors class has an HONORS DAY- they work in groups of 3 or 4
on problems of more interest than usual. (example: For Logic devise a
way to do do AND, OR, and NOT if the variables take on values
BETWEEN 0 and 1 (including 0 and 1)).
There is a LIGHT homework on this work just to keep them honest.
But its not graded seriously.
- PRO: They get to learn more stuff in a fun way.
- CON: More work for the professor to make up these kinds of problems. (To brag- this is the sort of thing I am good at so not a problem for me.)
How have you, or would you, run an honors course in discrete math? How about for a programming course?