My latest at ProfHacker: Open Thread Wednesday: Trying Something New This Semester? How’s it Going?
This semester, I’m teaching a survey course in Western political thought that I’ve taught for several years. I decided to try something new in the course this time around, though. Rather than focusing exclusively on the classic texts themselves, I’m also having students engage one contemporary piece of scholarship related to each of the major texts we read.
I wasn’t at all sure how this would go. When I conducted my midterm evaluation with my students, though, I was pleased to learn that they like this addition to the course, and it seems to be serving the purposes I had in mind for it (showing students that they can indeed handle scholarly articles, and that the dusty old texts we read do have contemporary relevance).
What about you? Are you trying anything new in your courses this semester? Let us know what’s working (or not, as the case may be) in the comments.
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