Day One…

What's on the agenda for EN102 and EN200 today? Well, I'd like to start thinking about the coursework right off the bat--it's always best, in my book, to begin challenging the class so as to set a productive tone. Especially in composition 2, where students generally need practice with managing time and approaching tasks effectively. …

Petrarch, Interiority, and the Tensions between Earthly and Spiritual

Instead of lecturing on the introduction--part of my larger goals this term to avoid lecture as much as possible, in favor of stimulating discussion that works outwards from the text--I'd like to focus our class time on Petrarch's letter in which he describes the mountainous ascent he undertakes with his brother, as well as some …

Overcoming the First Day Syllabus Blues

I'm determined, this term, to not fall into either the 1.) going-over-the-syllabus-the-first-day cop-out or the 2.) jump-right-in-to-lecture cop-out, both of which so often become standards (usually because we're so busy prepping courses, finishing syllabi, or participating in the pipe-dream of having all the basic course plans for the entire rest of the term in some  …