4 Replies to “Having Fun Again”

  1. Agreed, yet school learning outcomes tend to get in the way. Would be interesting to design a hypothetical syllabus similar to some Phys Ed course where everything was gamed about collaboration, team competition, getting some fresh air.

  2. Thanks, Bruce, for your comment. Yes–they get in the way. And the bad thing–the degree to which we have to pay attention to outcomes that we contest depends on our professional status. The other point is that like good citizens, we need to protest counterproductive outcomes & find ways to change them.

  3. Thanks for that response, Irvin. As a new assistant prof in Texas, I'm seeing learning outcomes politicized by politicians, administrators long out of the classroom, and of course well-intentioned professors interested in maintaining their territory in the writing classroom without seeing how the field is changing.

    And so the most I can protest, I feel, is by using the small step approach: trying something, showing that it works (and sometimes why it doesn't work), showing enthusiasm for change, evangelizing with positive examples from the field, and hoping for slow, persistent progress. Otherwise, I'll keep my head low until that professional status increases.

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