Next Up!

Next up! is a regular feature on Sundays, showcasing HWC (and beyond) events in the coming week. Send notice of upcoming events that you want publicized to me (drichardson2@ccc.edu). Use the “Comments” section to provide updates, additions, and corrections!

Well, if nothing else, last semester was certainly a learning experience for me! Among the things I learned:

~Jen Asimow is right about the return from sabbatical–the first eight weeks or so of the semester feel like (and might actually be) the best teaching you’ve ever done;

~Planning changes to your teaching (as in changing everything you do–from course design/conceptualization, assignments, texts and so on) is better done piecemeal (maybe one or two courses at a time) rather than wholesale;

~If you do decide to make wholesale changes, it is probably best NOT to make said changes at a time when you are not teaching and have oodles of free time, lest you become delusional about what you can actually do and keep up with;

~I was delusional when I made my teaching plans for last semester, hence the gradual trickle to almost nothing in terms of posts in November and December;

~Over the years, I have found that students are pretty apathetic about receiving a “Zero” for an assignment. They often respond with a shrug. Last semester, I began applying a penalty (-1 point) for NOT turning something, anything, in by the due date. I couldn’t believe the reactions I got. They were freaking out, and many of them made sure not to miss another assignment. The endowment effect is real.

Other things I learned will hopefully trickle out this semester. What did you learn last semester? Hopefully something. If not, no worries–another semester is upon us! And I have piles of reading, saved up just for you, and maybe, just maybe, a wee bit of excitement. Until then, welcome back to the first week of spring semester!

Monday, 1/5: School is closed for coldness!

Tuesday, 1/6: Registration (unless all the pipes burst or something);

Wednesday, 1/7: Registration

Thursday, 1/8: Registration

Friday, 1/9: Registration

Saturday, 1/10: Registration

Next Up!

Next up! is a regular feature on Sundays, showcasing HWC (and beyond) events in the coming week. Send notice of upcoming events that you want publicized to me (drichardson2@ccc.edu). Use the “Comments” section to provide updates, additions, and corrections!

Well, last week was fun (at least the last three days of it, but enough of the frivolity–registration week is upon us! Raise your hand if, like me, you still have your 30 hours to complete. It’s always fun to talk to the students in the first part of the week when there are still classes to be had, but how I dread those last 8 or 9 hours of apologizing and delivering bad news (“Sorry, that’s closed. Nope, that class only meets on the days you work. Sorry, it has a pre-req, and I can’t waive it for you. Oops, looks like you’ve got a hold.” On the bright side, there are still a bunch of seats in my Humanities 206 FY: Existential Literature class, so if you come across a student looking for a class with great reading* or a challenge or both, sign ’em up for it!

Monday, 8/19: Open Registration, 8:30-6:30p, Room 404.

Tuesday, 8/20: Open Registration, 8:30-6:30p, Room 404.

Wednesday, 8/21: Open Registration, 8:30-6:30p, Room 404.

Thursday, 8/22: Open Registration, 8:30-6:30p, Room 404.

Friday, 8/23: Open Registration, 8:30-1:30p, Room 404.

Saturday, 8/24: Business as usual, as far as I know.

(Dostoevsky, Camus, Duras, Murakami, Marcel, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Kincaid, and more!)