my student’s first free-writes were so enlightening. amongst the regular first-day free write questions i asked (such as “what attracted you to this class/what are you most looking forward to in the course?”), i also asked students to write anything they think i, as their teacher, should know about them — as a person, as a student. and i got a wonderful array of answers encompassing all sorts of fears, discomforts, personal histories, art-making practices… i didn’t get super specific details – which i certainly don’t need – but it is good to know upon what ground students are standing as they read and engage with the course material. there seems to be a lot of excitement among the students already, for which i am so grateful. it is hard to generate excitement all on one’s own.
January 26, 2010
what should i know about you?