An ironic title for a 1AM post – I doubt this will be an exemplary piece of writing.
Yesterday I wrote about doing “good” things. The other side of my blog is doing good things “well.”
I’ll just say it: I’m a pretty smart person, pretty quick to learn and pretty quick to improvise. In my opinion, I do things pretty well.
But I think I could do better.
Moreover, I think I could make a ton of headway with just a bit of effort, so why not do it? Seems like it’d be a great time investment.
I’ve decided take five weeks to focus on a given topic: reading, writing, and talking about it with the basic purpose of knowing more about it than when I started. Week 1 will be devoted to making a syllabus for the remaining four weeks.
The idea is that I would do several of these “courses.” Five weeks will allow me to do some pretty decent reading but won’t leave me married to a topic I have only cursory interest in.
Leaving the Shoulds At the Door
I have no intention of pursuing courses I “should” pursue; this is for topics I’m actually interested in. I’m also not interested in hearing (even from myself) that I “should” pursue a longer course. I do better with short-term projects. Why set myself up for failure, especially to start out?
I also have no intention of doing more than one course if the first one drives me nuts. The point is to give myself some structure to foster learning and growing, not to make it an unbearable chore. If this format doesn’t work for me, I’ll drop this project and think of something else.
But maybe it’ll resonate for someone reading about it?
My pilot 5-week course is based on my goal to become a better teacher. Not ‘The 5-Week Miracle.’ Just better. Let’s define “better” as more effective and more aware of what other good teachers do than I am now.
The start of my syllabus is here. Feel free to take a look at it. I’m extremely open to suggestions, but please don’t be offended if I have to put them on hold for a different 5-week unit.
What would your 5-week courses be about?