If youâ€™ve been reading my blog for very long at all, you will know that I always like to be prepared for anything. I donâ€™t have as much freedom to do that as Iâ€™d like, being a mother and wife, but I like to be prepared.
And Iâ€™m never underprepared for a class. I always have an extra hourâ€™s worth of stuff to do that I just cannot get through in the time allowed.
Yet today, my first day teaching a lit class for the first time ever in college, I was underprepared. I had only enough stuff, even though I was sure I had too much, for two hours.
Now I am concerned that the rest of my syllabus is under-written too. In fact, I said in my syllabus that I wouldnâ€™t add any readings. So I either lied or I canâ€™t add readings.
It just never occurred to me that I wouldnâ€™t have prepared MORE than I needed to cover. Thatâ€™s how I usually work.
This semesterâ€™s class may be way too easy.
I donâ€™t like that.
Hmmm. How can I make it harder without adding readings? I guess I could just add readings to class and not to the homework. That is what I meant when I wrote that in my syllabus. I just didnâ€™t make it clear.
Or I could do a lot more lecturing and discussions over lectures. (Discussions is not something the students tend to be good at.)
I need to think of something to do by tomorrow.
Have to work on that.
Update: I did not add any readings. With the discussions, questions, and quizzes, I only had one other day that was short the whole class.