So I’ve been incommunicado for the last few weeks. Sorry about that, life happens, and sometimes internet connections are squirrely. My summer has been a good one: bungee jumping, travel, Netflix marathons, playing my way through a few video games, and parties that I can never discuss with my students. I have to admit that I’m ready to go back to school though.
I’ve been neck deep in writing my syllabi last week. I like to make certain that everything is in place for the coming term: planning the lecture schedule, homework, acts of cruelty, classroom policies, and other classroom tweaks. One of the questions I have to ask: how evil will it be? Online homework, or paper? Do I give bonus points? What should I make them sing if their cell phone goes off in class? How much flex time can I build in?
Spelling things out explicitly in the syllabus is a very helpful tool for instructors and for students. I make sure to spell out everything from classroom expectations, grading scales, and the ever important disclaimer “classroom policies may be changed to suit the needs of the class or the instructor.”
I feel a little like I’m laying traps for my students.
They are waiting for me at school now.