My new school year’s resolution was to actively set aside time to reflect, something I didn’t do very often last year. Well, we’re three weeks in right now and this is my first entry, so I’m off to a rocky start. But, a start is a start.
One thing I’ve been trying to do (to varying degrees of success) is really establish a community within the walls of my classroom. In some classes, like my Lit of America class with 27 (!) kids, it’s worked to astonishing degree. In others, like Basic Writing, it hasn’t worked one bit (more on that later). There are still a billion things I need to figure out, but I can safely say that this year is going so, so much smoother than my first year.
The second thing I’m trying is a complete re-imagining of the way I approach my classes.