So, I read a passage, and had a prop, and I got a big laugh reading about a beheading. I also had audience participation (thwack, thud, splat, and ewww were the audience participation parts).
It seems wrong to get a big laugh about a beheading, but it was the prop. (I balled up a green jacket, put a hat on it, taped on two blue circles for eyes, and used red ribbon for blood, and had a colleague roll it out at the appropriate moment.)
I've gotten several congratulatory comments today about the reading. So, that's good.
I have a review coming up next year, a big one for me, but I'm on sabbatical, so I arranged with a colleague to do a class visit this semester, so that there's a fresh report available. Today was the only day that really worked in the past couple of weeks.
My colleague came to my seminar class, where we did final revision work on their seminar papers. It can't have been especially exciting, but it was good. First, every single student was really engaged in working on their papers. And they had useful, good questions that showed their engagement. And, at the end, most every student said the session had been really useful to them.
We basically worked through the sorts of things one should work through to fine tune an essay: thesis, intro, topic sentences, organization, checked citations, definitions, and so forth. The thing is, most students are busy and won't make themselves double check this stuff (because they think they've already checked it by writing the paper), but it's really useful to do.
My colleague had a great suggestion to make it even better, and was overall very complimentary about the session. I was a little nervous in that way one is sometimes, so I'm glad and relieved it went well.
It's one of the things I really wanted to take care of this semester for fall. Check.
Just over one week of classes left! I have a bad case of spring fever and sabbaticalitus, but I'm done with grading until next week, at least. I do have to work on my Kalamazoo paper a lot more, but that's do-able, I think.