February 1, 2009:I have spent the day crafting a document that ended up being less of a step by step syllabus, and more of a “what we want the outcome of this class to be” treatise. The document is parked over here with the assorted handouts and infobits from my class. Feel free to comment. Please.
I decided that it would be best to talk about the class in big sweeping terms tomorrow, the first class. It dawned on me (slap of hand to forehead) that I need to hear from my students about where they plan to travel/study so we can be sure to cover those countries in the planning of the course. And in the meantime…they are “presentándose” to one another via the class blog. Feel free to checkout their blogs and leave a comment (we have already been commented upon by a Spanish speaker in London, and the term has not yet begun)
Over the next 24 hours, my students posts and comments from their personal blogs should start bubbling forth on the “motherblog” for HISP 205. My fabulous colleague Justin has created a series of plugins for WordPress that pull all of the students’ posts, comments and tags to the front page of mother blog…thus making it easier to see what people are saying and who is posting.[I know that site wide tags and comments and feeds have been done before, but, as I understand it, because our blogs’ address is “url for school/HISP205/students blogs” vs “HISP205/ url for school/ name of students’ blogs”, other plug ins have not worked… As my students start creating more content, you will be able to see the wonders of Justin’s WP plugins Novita, Chiachiere, and Nuvola in the sidebarshere]
Yup, this is the scary, exciting time. But ooh I am looking forward to it. Yes I am…