Well, I’m feeling the stress of the semester right now, and don’t know how I’m going to manage to make my normal 3-4 blog entries this week. If anyone wants to be brave like Kari and send me a reflection, I’ll be glad to feature a “guest blogger.” I do have some things in mind for posts, just no time to think them through and put them into 1’s and 0’s for the web.
I think that what is weighing on me is how to take most of the content of two previous courses, omit what is least relevant, and combine what remains into this one new course. It’s hard to skip material that has been taught in the past, yet there’s no way to “shoe-horn” in the entire combined content of both courses. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but right now it seems harder than I thought it would be. Lots of false starts, backtracking, figuring out how to explain a new concept without the material I had to skip, etc. It doesn’t help that there aren’t textbooks out there that take this approach…maybe I’ll have to write one once I survive the ordeal of this semester.
Tonight is the last of our 3 sessions on anti-racism, so I suspect I’ll have something for you after that.