Been busy the past few days and haven't made much time to write. In preparation for this fall's service learning partnership--which involves working with kids--I had to get a TB test and criminal background clearance. Both involved going to two separate public service offices and then returning two days later for results.
Had a working lunch the other day (Annan in Dearborn...delicious!) with two of my comp. colleagues at UMD and made plans for simultaneously piloting both new (less draconian...yes!) placement procedures and more student choice for fulfilling the fy comp requirement. We're thinking of a version of directed self-placement as well as some thematic offerings of our writing classes. Not so much topics-based as much as special interest sections which students could elect. Some digital media sections. Some service learning sections (I'll work with these). And so on. Moving toward more choice and agency for students as well as the faculty who staff our courses.
Still reading like crazy for the civic engagement research I'm launching in the fall. Updates to the other blog soon. Good lunch yesterday with Dugdale (hey, Tim, glad you're staying in the motor city)...Toast in Ferndale, for a most excellent omelette. Superbad comes out today--another offering from the always funny Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow, of Freaks and Geeks fame. Must find a chance to check it out this weekend.