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Racontuese by Lovely Assistant
 
January 2022
1"Overflow the Cup"
4preparing to prepare
7The M Chronicles
11Day 1-done
16Cold Nov...err...January Rain
25big mess to clean
26onward


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Day 1-done
January 11, 2022

Man, am I sore. Who would have thought that a month off would have such an effect? The good news is all my classes are in the same building as my office. No trekking through the cold, but, also, unless I deliberately go outside, no fresh air or sunshine.

Looks like at the moment I have 77 students, but that could change during the add/drop phase. There always seems to be a shuffle.

I don't do the typical syllabus/rules of class day on the first day. Instead, we talked about what makes a good class, what good students do, and what a good professor should be like. The questions usually warrant a lively discussion and yesterday was no exception. I also explained on day 1 what it takes to pass my class, I prefer a proactive stance, value the truth in all situations, and that I, while not an expert, am a valuable asset.

About a month ago, I read a high school teacher's blog post about starting each class with a dedication. She said she does it for a couple of weeks, then asks for volunteers; it can be to anyone important alive or not. It's supposed to help foster community. I thought it was a great idea, so I'm doing it as an experiment this semester. I found out last semester that the land the university is built on once belonged to the Waccamaw Indian tribe. My guess is it was either sold for a ridiculous price or it was stolen. Our area has a rich history from those folx, the stuff about the civil war, railroad, pirates, and proximity to Charleston and the slave trade.

Anyway, I explained the land is sacred, so it seems fitting that a learning institution ultimately be built upon it since learning is sacred too. I asked that we acknowledge and honor the contributions the Waccamaw made to our learning community. I don't know what the students thought about that, but we'll see how it goes. Also, rather fortuitously, yesterday was the 76th anniversary of the first meeting of the UN General Assembly and the first drafting of what would become the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which we will be reading, discussing, and referencing in our first essay.

102 is far more exciting to me than the rudiments of 101. Both are necessary, but 102 is where I turn people into humans. I know I won't catch them all, but I've caught enough to know it's worth it to carry on. And, I shall. Tomorrow we begin discussing community...

Tally ho, good people!!
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