Our faculty senate has charged departments to reconsider our current system of evaluating teaching at Angelo State. We’ve had a number of discussions in my department (English and Modern Languages), and as chair, I’ve established an ad-hoc committee to introduce some possibilities to the department. Yesterday, I was beginning to worry a bit that we might not be making as much progress on this project as I had hoped. Then early this morning, a version of the following woke me up, and I couldn’t get back to sleep.
OK, so I’m teaching a travel writing course right now, and reading about how examples in this genre commonly “offer a much more personal travel account, in which the narrator recounts some of the hardships and misfortunes which befell him along the way…”
From Travel Writing by Carl Thompson, page 36.
Here above is photo of handouts for tonight’s first class. This semester, I’m teaching an 8 week Travel Writing course culminates in a Spring Break trip to Rome. Because I’ve used visual agendas before to some success, I thought I would create handouts with tonight’s lesson plan.
The class will be divided into two 55 minute sections with a 10 minute break. During the first section, we’ll begin with a short video on Hulu from Rick Steves on Rome, and then move into the course requirements via the webpage I’ve built for the course. I’ll review the 3 course texts, the 4 kinds of writing assignments, the oral presentation assignment, and the tour guide assignment.
In the second half of the class, I’ll focus on our excursion to Rome, reviewing our flight itinerary, our tentative daily schedule over 9 days, and the resources I’ve begun to develop on the course website.
Next, I’ll have students generate questions they have about the course and trip. And I’ll close out the class with next week’s homework assignment.