I see that I’m really behind on this journal! I sort of feel like this is because the past few weeks haven’t felt eventful, but that’s not because they weren’t; it’s because I’m so tired!
In the time since my last post I did have the above Frankenstein lesson, Abby had to go to the ER, students got their Project 1 grade back and a chance to revise, and group presentations began.
I didn’t make the Frankenstein analysis as formal as I intended because while waiting for class to start, I was hearing a lot of stress about Project 2 and about the group presentations, so I gave students the option to relax a little and do the Frankenstein assignment less formally (mostly chatting and drawing together instead of Prezi and turning it in) and the other students could choose to work on their presentations or paper. For the students who chose the latter two options, I walked around class and checked in with them periodically.
As the semester progresses, I have been thinking more and more about what things I like that Abby and other GTAs do (from hearing about ideas in the weekly meetings) and what things I would change in a classroom where I’m instructor of record. I’ll start articulating some of those ideas soon.
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