I just finished my syllabus and calendar for this coming semester and I am super excited. Although I liked the readings I taught last semester, I realized that I was a lot more excited about my assignments and I wanted to balance that out.
I found some readings that I love. Teaching First-Year Composition, I have steered away from things that might be controversial among my students, often choosing readings that focus on academic composition. Not anymore. My composition course is based around a bound Inquiry project around digital culture and I decided to bring in articles about digital culture to get my students thinking about possible ideas, instead of my standard Wikipedia in the Classroom or Blogging in Academia (although I did keep some of those).
As with any new syllabus, I’m sure there will be successes and failures. It will be an interesting experiment in seeing how I handle teaching stuff that may have an edge of controversy. As if an article on wikipedia in education wasn’t controversial enough.
I think I’ve also decided to come to their social media level and see how snapchatting works in an academic setting. This is coming from someone who has maybe sent four snapchats in her entire life, all of her cat. I’m going to try to snapchat out what’s on the board and what their assignments are and such. I’ve been doing a bit of reading on snapchat in the classroom and I want to give it a try.
This will be an interesting semester. I’m excited to see what is ahead of me.
In terms of this blog, I want it to take a new direction as well. I want it to trace my teaching, my PhD application process, my grad school life, and, of course, my fails. I may also be bringing in a guest writer or two.
What is everyone else looking forward to this school year?