Midterm in Discover

Sadly, I've been less-than-dilligent about posting to this teaching blog--in part because of the chaos of my recent move, but also because this term has been busier in the classroom than most. My students seem to be slowing down a little, which isn't surprising around this time of year; nonetheless, I think each group is …

Discussing Film Form

I was very impressed with my Discover 101 students today, who seemed really to get into the film analysis portion of our class--we watched the first ten minutes of Night of the Living Dead, and used it as a springboard for discussing some of the basic concepts of film analysis, locating patterns, key elements in …

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  …