I'm teaching my senior seminar on ecocriticism and really dead guys, in large part because I want to understand ecocriticism way better.
It's working for me, anyway.
We've started the semester by reading some introductions to texts, and some essays. I'm having the students write about a couple of key words for each class meeting. I sort of thought of the assignment and worked it out as I was putting together the course, and I'm really liking it. I think they find it useful to think hard and purposefully about a difficult or problematic term, and then to try to explain it in writing.
One of the three essays for today was really dense and hard, and they just hadn't engaged it deeply, so we spent some time sort of outlining, trying to get at the flow, and then the argument.
It would have been a much better discussion if they'd done that work at home, but now they know how to do it, right?
Tired. Long day with classes and meetings today, but tomorrow should give me some catch up opportunities. I hope.