As you can see from the above photo, my building is in the process of getting a face lift during the summer. The guy standing outside my second story window all day got me thinking, “What ‘remodeling’ do I need to do over the summer?” No, I’m not about to take a hammer or wreaking ball to my office, or my house for that matter. But, there are things in my classes that can certainly be fine tuned.
This fall, I’m currently scheduled to teach or assist with five (well, technically eight) classes. Three of them are First Year Academic Seminars that I will only visit a few times over the course of the semester. That leaves four courses for which I’m directly responsible.
One course is fairly straight forward I’ve taught it 11 times in the past two years. There are a few minor adjustments and tweaks, but for the most part, it is set. The biggest adjustment is continuing to get ready for the new course management system. That is made easier by the fact I fully prepped my summer course, before I found out it was canceled due to low enrollment.
The other three classes are two more FYAS sections and a class I am teaching for the first time. The FYAS I’ve taught before, but using someone else’s prep. I was handed the class less than a week before the term started. This is the time to make it my own. I’m going to be changing things around a bit, developing new handouts and resources, and basically conducting a major overhaul.
The last class is one I’ve not taught before. But, it is very similar. Same basic content as a class I taught at another institution, but slightly different perspective. My biggest challenge will be adapting to the different book, and having a semester to play with instead of only a quarter.
In all, I think it is going to be a fun fall. I’m really looking forward to it. But for now, I need to revise syllabi and update my course webpages. And create more handouts. And read more ProfHacker. 🙂