Wednesday, July 18, 2007

New Strategy

For the class with two weeks worth of reading assigned every two days, I decided that I'm only going to read the required articles and books that are interesting and/or relevant. That cuts down on the workload considerably. Most of it is repetitive and/or outdated. This a phenomenon that I expected of other grad programs, not this one. I'm glad this course is the exception and not the rule. Death to teacher-centered lecture!!

My other class, in the woods, is full of exploration and so wonderful that I really don't want to take a break at lunch time or come home at the end of the day. That's the way school can be...

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A Firefly Glows in Brooklyn

So... Taking intensive summer courses is a little overwhelming. Good, but overwhelming. The only way I know how to put it is like this. Monday at 5:30 pm I was completely caught up in my reading. Today, Wednesday, at 5:30 pm I was about 300 pages behind. 700-900 pages stand between me and catching up on the vagaries of child development theory between this moment and next Monday at 5:30 pm.

That's this summer in a nutshell.

The good news is I'm staying in a different part of Brooklyn for a couple of weeks and getting to enjoy the fireflies in the backyard.