I’ve never taught the same course the same way in my life and never will; new generations bring differing skill sets, and even classes from the same generation have divergent needs and interests. Many of you probably have files such as mine: notes, lectures, and lesson plans filled with marginalia, crossed out material, sticky notes, and addenda. In electronic form we have material that is version 1.9, and that doesn’t include the number of lessons we’ve trashed in class in favor of alternatives that were never documented. We revise because that’s what good professors do: bring experience to bear, stay current with new research, and engage in constant rounds of self-improvement. ~ Rob Weir @ insidehighered.com
With August almost upon us, it’s time to think about syllabi for the fall. Unless you’re less of a procrastinator than I am, and have already taken care of all this. In which case, good for you, ya big show off. For the rest of us, this piece by Rob Weir is a good place to start.