Shadow Syllabus

This came across my feed as I was heading to do my first bit of “official” fall term work on campus – i.e. the job that allows me to do projects of passion like Pin Up: The Movie.
A beautiful articulation of what’s been swirling around in my head regarding teaching.
One of the project producers, Maria Elena Buszek, shared it with me. Thank you, Maria.

Sonya Huber

  1. IMG_3738I’ll tell you exactly how to get an A, but you’ll have a hard time hearing me. 
  2. I could hardly hear my own professors when I was in college over the din and roar of my own fear.
  3. Those who aim for A’s don’t get as many A’s as those who abandon the quest for A’s and seek knowledge or at least curiosity. 
  4. I had bookmarked a citation for that fact, and now I can’t find it anywhere. 
  5. The only way to seek knowledge is to open your hands and let your opinions drop, but that requires even more fear.
  6. The goals and outcomes I am required to put on my syllabus make me depressed; they are the illusion of controlling what cannot be controlled. 
  7. I end up changing everything halfway through the semester anyway because the plan on paper is never what the living class ends up being about. 

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