Attending to being outside--and inside! What difference does it make?
...and how are you dealing w/ the difference? We agreed to take turns being responsible for where we will meet (and if we move midway, etc.) --AND that each of us will post a short reflection here, on the day that we chose, about our decision: what it was like, watching the class and the world in which it is operating, inside or out…what seems foreground/background/essential/not? How distracted were you/what did you do about it?
Do you have any ideas about how to incorporate the "distractions" of being outside (or inside) into our curriculum? What are you coming to understand of the relation between "reading the word" and "reading the world" that the word represents, about foregrounding much of what is usually backgrounded in literary studies, asking what we might lose by seeing the world only as mediated by the word....?
As a prompt, here's something froggies315 wrote: Having class outside is not working for me. At first, I was excited to have class outside. I love being outside! I’m realizing now that I should not mix school and outside. Even though we’re physically outside of the classroom, the standards for our performance in discussions haven’t changed. I spent a lot of time on Wednesday in class wondering what the blue jay was squawking about, and what the red tailed hawk was hunting for, and why it got so quiet in the last 15 minutes of class. There were times when I had to look at my hands to keep them from picking at the grass and building log cabins with the twigs on the ground. All the while, I felt guilty for not paying attention the way I am supposed in class. If we’re expecting the same kind of attention to discussion as we do in other classes, then I think we should move inside. If we’re expecting something different from discussion in this class, then I think we need to go over the rules.
What are the (implicit) "rules" of engagement in such a class? How might we make them explicit? How might they evolve over the semester? Let's see....
Wed, 10/3 eetong
Mon, 10/8 ekthorp
Wed, 10/10 Field Trip to Harriton
Mon, 10/22 froggies315
Wed, 10/24 hirakismail
Mon, 10/29 Hurricane Sandy
Wed, 10/31 meeting inside, after the hurricane
Mon, 11/5 mturer
Wed, 11/7 r.graham.barrett
Mon, 11/12 biological exploration
Wed, 11/14 blind field shuttle cancelled; meeting inside
Mon, 11/19 rachelr
Wed, 11/21 sara.gladwin
Mon, 11/26 Sarah Shaw
Wed, 11/28 Smacholdt
Mon, 12/3 class-wide ramble to Ashbridge Park
Wed, 12/5 blind field shuttle with Carmen Papalia
Mon, 12/10 Srucara
Wed, 12/12: final teach-in