During the second semester I am teaching a Spanish Conversation course. This time through I have decided I am going to blog (here) about my experiences getting this course set up and put into place…and then blog about what happens as the course unfolds throughout the semester.
(Insert sound of 16 year old son mock-yawning at the mere notion that someone might be interested in this…)
I have blogged about my teaching on this site with some fits and starts and this time I hope to be more consistent about it. And I hope by starting NOW, maybe some of you oh so faithful readers will help me find the resources I still need so I can do it well.
Rather than take up valuable real estate on this here blog, I have created a page where I will plunk some of the important stuff… the course description, the email I send to the students who ask to be consented into the class, the syllabus, links to wikis I am setting up with materials for the students to consult..etc etc etc. All are welcome to take a gander and offer a comment. I will ask that if you “liberate” some info from here that you remember to cite this blog, and if you do something cool, then let us (all) know how it goes.
BTW The tag I am going to use for blog posts on the subject will be TT (for Teaching Transparently)
Why am I doing this?
First of all I don’t believe for a moment that I can pull together all the resources and information on the types of tools I want to share with my students all by myself. I need help. From you.
Second: I am asking my students to take a risk an write/blog about their learning in the class. That’s really scary to them. Writing about what I teach while I am teaching is really scary to me. Fair’s fair, I say.
Third: this class is taught in Spanish, and it is taught quite differently from other courses in the HISP catalogue. This is gonna be a head-scratcher for some of my students.
Comments that tend to pop up in the first week, among others are: “Who is this crazy lady” “What does she mean by student-centered, project based learning” “Really??? OMG..no textbook?” “Why don’t you just tell me what I need to know like everyone else does?” etc
So my idea is that if I write –here, in English– about some of my objectives for the class, hopefully, my students will see some method in my madness. Or maybe they will just run. This all remains to be seen.
Fourth: I want to get smacked down. I need the community to keep me honest and on task. I need feedback from my students, from you, from strangers, from whomever. I need the larger community of educators and learners to keep me honest. I am NOT writing about HISP 205-09 to toot my own horn. I am writing about my class because I am asking for help, advice, support, knowledge…
So here goes. Hang on, its gonna be a bumpy ride.