You know, those ones where I make myself believe that wasting the afternoon and avoiding tasks that I should not avoid is ok because I'm doing other work - generally, work that needs to be done in approximately 3 months.
That's right, folks. It was a day of syllabus design. For Spring. Why did I decide to do this today? Well, I have been receiving desk copies of anthologies for a couple of weeks now, and I have wanted to look through them. And also we got an email that we needed to get fliers advertising our courses in by Friday if we want them posted on the bulletin board. And how could I possibly do a flier if I didn't know what I was teaching? How could I attract students when I had yet to design the course? And don't forget, I've got a stack of papers to grade, and what's more fun than writing a syllabus when one should be grading?
But so yes, I spent approximately 3 1/2 hours figuring out readings and a course schedule and methods of assessment - the whole shebang. The only stuff I didn't do was the narrative parts of the syllabus, with learning objectives and such. And can I just say, that this course will be a TON of work (for them and for me), but it's going to be so awesome! Soooo so totally awesome!
Now, the rest of this post is going to go poof in a day or two because I don't want the specifics of the course to be out and about on this blog for all eternity, but I do want to tell you all about what I've done specifically.
*poof to the specifics*
But so I'm pretty happy with how the assignments fit together (really, all roads lead to the final paper and exam) and I'm super-happy with the way I've divided up the readings and the units. The one thing I'm not terribly happy about is that the syllabus is pretty white, but one course cannot do all things, and of course they could explore multi-culti issues in their paper if they want to do so. Edited to add: I addressed this last comment that I made about the "too-white" syllabus in comments. I sort of misrepresented myself. If you're concerned that I'm marginalizing issues of race/ethnicity in the course, I'll direct you to the comments to see my fuller explanation there.
But so yeah. That's what I've been doing today. Because I'm a fool.
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