For reasons related to my husband filing divorce papers (using his new girlfriend's law firm no less), I've decided to teach summer school for some extra money while we negotiate this dissolution - and to give me something to occupy my mind.
I asked for 2 sections, got them, and find I have been given 8 week session! And my chair says, happily in an email, "Be sure that the content and rigor remains the same."
Huh? How? I don't want to beg advice from my chair just yet - I'm not tenured, but close - and I thought I'd exhaust all of my options first. Could I ask you?
Q: When faced with a shortened term for a class you normally teach in a long form, what has to give? Do you cut material? Cut assignments? Speed up the clock on assignments? How can I keep the rigor the same in such a short period of time? Do students pick up the pace? Do summer school students - lots of times high schoolers - know we're going to do a semester's worth of work in 2 months? Help!
- Terri in Texarkana