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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Day 6-Down for the count already

My colleague Liz just dropped me off at home out of mercy for me. I'm so sick that I'm rather a menace to society. I was supposed to be 2-hours in studio time today with SUSTAIN.

It feels like we are in a delightful whirlwind of creativity, but these whirlwinds are someone personal vortices, colliding with others in the 60 seconds after a meeting in which we are all running in different directions.
I wish I had a lot more time to debrief and talk things through with my colleagues.  The "governance" lines are a bit loose.

I don't feel I know what is going on in the other classes, but somehow we are managing to "fit courses together," leaving structure in the assignments to accommodate one another's topics.  For example, Nina has created a kind of "pull down menu" of speech assignments that students can choose from, largely leaving open the topic.  Tom has redone his entire syllabus to accommodate the different NGO's that we are working with (nothing short of amazing).  Ginger has laid down a structure of writing assignments that will enable people to choose assignment topics. I have created a structure for assignments that includes integration "quests," personally chosen and designed.

Where we have missed:
We had planned to have overarching questions so that all can look at the question that week, include it in their assignments or reflections somehow.  We missed on this. I'm not sure if it is too late.

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