Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Scheduling, teil zwei

Good questions, all, thanks!

These are classes I have to choose between as an elective for my own studies next semester.   I am trying to keep in mind the fact that I am getting my master’s degree with the idea of expanding my teaching repertoire.  Caribbean Lit seems more likely something I might be able to incorporate into a world literature or AP class, so it feels like the class I should take.

History of the Book intrigues me simply because it’s so different from the typical lit classes.  I’m interested in the book-making process from the standpoint of a writer, as I don’t really know what the editor/publisher/seller process looks like.  I’m intrigued by the idea of manipulation and the propaganda involved in sales (have I mentioned I love dystopian YA Lit?), and I would really like to know what kind of technological options are out there for books and what that would mean for the classroom.  And I may have forgotten to mention there are field trips involved to publishing houses and special collections.  Yes, I am a graduate student excited about a field trip.

I promised myself that I would take classes I want to take and scheduling be darned.  But I have to admit that a three-hour (yes, it’s just once a week, but three hours *whine*) course is a bit of a turn-off for the Carib Lit.  But one girl I met and got along with is taking it, so perhaps we could make it bearable.  However, HotB’s scheduling gives me several hours to do homework on campus before my next class that afternoon and makes parking easier (i.e., free).  It’s hard to completely discount the pragmatic scheduling issues, but I’m trying.  So, I thought I'd throw it to the public, because I dearly care what other people think.

1 comment:

  1. I think that both classes could come in handy with your teaching. The knowledge you could gain from the HotB class would be really appropriate in today's evolving techno-centered world. Our increasing dependence on digital texts (and our students subsequent growing unfamiliarity with actual "texts") leads to some great discussions. This class could provide you with a great foundation of knowledge to share with your students.

    That Caribbean Lit class seems to be more immediately applicable to your teaching. There is some great lit out there in that field (a girlfriend of mine just finished her PhD is Caribbean Lit and LOVES it), and it certainly opens the door to multicultural literature and perspectives of the "other." But this is also something that you could probably delve into on your own. The HotB class is one of those that you may actually need a professor to help you wade through it all.

    I took a H.E.L course (History of the English Language) early on in my PhD studies, and, while the teacher was horrible, the class was very interesting. I've got a lot of resources from the class that I wouldn't have encountered on my own. While the class doesn't directly affect my teaching of middle schoolers every day, the foundational knowledge helps me on a regular basis.

    And don't discount those scheduling and parking issues. They really are a huge deal!

    Good luck!