2/10/05 What a silly optimist I am. Here I was talking about a blog - and here I got in 80 quizzes this week and 80 reader response journals (which are weekly) - and Monday I'll get in 35 memos and 35 chapter quizzes and I'm always grading discussion posts. The point is that I don't need something more like an optional wiki blog or blog blog to read. I'm reluctant to "move" the short fiction class journals to a wiki or blog because we don't have good computer access for me to show them what to do. But even more than that, I don't really know what to do, how to do this. Cold feet.
2/5/05 I'm here in the Saturday morning monthly classes. Blogs. Wikis. So much to learn.
Here's what I'm thinking about doing with my blog:
I teach Short Fiction (at FIT) most semesters. I pretty much use the same book all the time: Great American Short Story Masterpieces, ed. by Jenks & Carver. It's a cheap (under $9) paperback that won't go out of print and won't be revised because Carver is dead and because it's a great anthology of North American short fiction from the 60s-80s.
My fantasy is that I put up an ongoing blog, and this semester students from all sections will be invited to contribute. Figure if I have about 85 students in those three sections, maybe eight or nine will participate in the blog? (Am I dreaming???) And each year, using the same book, students can add to the blog.
Of course I'm not sure if that's what a blog is for.