...to yesterday's post, which alluded to me being a student again. And here's my student perspective from this morning:
If you assign 100+ pages of pretty complex reading for a week's discussion, the students will take a deep breath, and struggle through it.
If you announce at the beginning of the week that you will be posting the primary texts that that seminar's discussion will actually be based on, your students will groan, complain to each other, and mentally rearrange their schedules for the week.
If you actually post those readings less than 12 hours before the discussion? At that point, expect things to get interesting.
[Explanatory note: Yes, I'm bitching and moaning here. I'm also reading. But really, being a student again is causing me to reflect on things I can improve in my own teaching and structuring of classes. It's been a long time since I've been in this position, so this is super-helpful to me. Anyone else want to chime in with some learning experiences?]