Good. You Got This Far. Now Keep Going.

There is a disconnect between what I am trying to do with SM233 and how you are engaging with it.

Monday’s class was our fourth, after six weeks of SM233.  A few of you, from what I can tell*, have not read through the Syllabus FAQs. Most of you—perhaps 90%, from what I can tell*–have not read the fundamental off-syllabus content explaining SM233’s pedagogy. In other words, explaining what I am doing with the Syllabus and related readings, and why. I’m not angry; I’m observing the facts, and adjusting the pedagogy to reflect them.

Perhaps you assume the Syllabus is like Facebook’s Terms of Use, filled with stuff you don’t need to know. Perhaps you assume the footnotes and linked pages merely reflect my professorial idiosyncrasies. Perhaps you assume that as long as you read the content listed on the Course Calendar, you’ve completed your requirements. Perhaps you’ve looked at the linked content, don’t know how to deal with it, and ignore it, hoping it will go away. Perhaps all semester you’ve read a digital version of the Syllabus on a platform that doesn’t show the footnotes. Perhaps you believe that if some aspect of course content is not functionally related to your course grade, it’s irrelevant.

Whatever the reason,             I am here,

you are here,

and we must

align ourselves

on the

same page,

if just for a moment.

So–Read Syllabus footnote 7, then follow the link to I Can’t Help Myself.


*How can I tell? Figuring it out is part of the challenge.