So I've reached that point in the semester when my initial idealism of how much reading/activities/writing I'd like the students to do in the course of a semester is giving way to realistic goal of what is humanly possible to accomplish. I seem to do this every semester, and not only with the classes I teach but also with my own work. The latter by the way has been sadly neglected and I feel like a complete hypocrite making my students stick to deadlines.
This weekend was my little nephew's/godson's 2nd birthday, and after 5 hours of four tots running, screaming, torturing my dog and making me bounce a balloon with them, I realized that I should let my students have a bit more fun and stop being such a Guardian teachers, to once again reference Prof. McCormick's link on Professor types. I guess that really struck a chord with me. But I digress. Today, I took the first step to setting more realistic goals, and revised the course syllabus, which means essentially that I cut out a few readings and pushed back the deadlines on few writing assignments. While I like reading/discussing literature more than I like writing about it, seeing my students working on their assignments in class, in a computer lab, and exchanging ideas/helping each other is pretty great and contagious, makes me want to write. Also, in a week or so, I'm planning to show my students a bromatic comedy as a companion piece to a reading on the phenomenon of girlhunt. I'll ask students for suggestions and then we'll vote. Any suggestions?