Someday I will discover the secret to making the first day of class not desperately dull. Alas, I haven’t figured it out yet. The dullness has in part to do with the emphasis on policy-download during that first session, which is simply tedious, any way you slice it. But it also has to do with my first-day nervousness, which makes me unfocused and a bit blathery.
This is far from an ideal combination.
That said, I’m very excited by both of my classes, both by the material I’ve laid out for us to work on this semester and by the students who’ve signed up. (Assuming I haven’t bored them all away yet.) It promises to be a great, if busy, fall.
My classes, both of which will be blogging this semester: