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Same Class, Different Class

     It was interesting to find out the differences between the two classes - or I should say the two "same" classes. We are in the same ESem, discussing the same kind of topics about evolution. We are taught by different teachers and are with different classmates. Those factors change a lot in the process of learning!

    We first found the girls in Paul's class are loud. At the beginning I was sitting in the room with the door open and amazed by the value of db in the class. Then Paul asked us to think and discuss about the similarity and differences between our class and his. Our group discovered teasing Paul is one of the important element of their class while we never make fun of Anne. We are perfectly comfortable and are enjoying our class discussion. They claimed that they cannot imagine having a class without arguing. After a while, we found ourselves became louder, adapting the environment in the other class. That was probably because of it was Paul who was in the classroom and guided the discussion instead of Anne. If it was Anne, I suppose girls in Paul's class would be quieter than they used to be.

    Our two class cultures overlap and yet have their own characteristics. Though we have the same class title, the class styles are completely different. When I met Anne on last Wednesday, she asked if we would resist to meet with the other class and accept with their ideas. It turns out to be that we participated in the discussion and exchanged our opinions. I'm sure that we won't be louder in the future and they probably won't be quieter either. We are the components of the culture of "making sense of ourselves in an evolving universe". We, the individuals create the collective culture, us as a whole.  


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