It’s finally here. I am about to turn in my final grades and put my first professional quarter behind me. Quarters are too short. There was so much that I wanted to get to, but had to push it aside due to time constraints. As I plan for Winter 09 I now have a little better of an understanding about how to arrange the schedule and focus the classes.
Of course, my Winter classes are a little different than my Fall ones, so I have to come up with new syllabi, but I have a pretty good handle on them.
Things to change:
– Take out all of Franklin’s bio and concentrate on other narratives of education. Franklin is wonderful, but my students have such a hard time with his writing style. Douglass worked well and (when I teach 80 again) will be my major focus. Actually, another teacher is using my Douglass idea for her 80 class this quarter, which is a compliment.
– Stare Ender’s Game earlier. We are doing Card in my online class next quarter. This will make it interesting.
– Concentrate heavily on research methods in my research writing class. I glossed them this quarter and feel that my class suffered a little for that.
– Stay up on grading. This grading at the end is a hassle.