Yesterday, I was not at the desk of the Kangaroo because I was 'pounding the pavement for poetry' as I told my boss. One of my goals at school for this year has been to increase our creative writing program.
|These are not my feet. Courtesy of creativecommons.org|
Our entire division (fine arts & humanities) set out on a quest to increase our visibility on campus last year (2010 - 2011) and to increase the knowledge among students about the electives we offer. With the transient population of a community college what this means is an on-going information blitz.
In doing my part yesterday, I went to the different ENGL classes (Comp I, Comp II, and World Lit) being offered on MWF between 9 and noon to spread the word about my offerings for spring 2012. I'm on the schedule to teach Intro to Poetry and Creative Writing I on MWF, and I want those classes to make. If history is any indicator, the creative writing class should be fine; however, we need to get some buzz going about the Intro to Poetry course. I taught it online last spring and had a great time but want to see if we can make it work as an on campus class as well. Technically, this is an 'academic' course involving the study of poetics and including a research paper; however, I also allow students to workshop their own work if they would like.
It was fun to get to pitch the classes, and I am thankful my boss groups all the ENGL classes on the same floor of the same building so I wasn't running up and down the stairs/hills of campus. As one might expect from gen-ed classes, the majority of the students were underwhelmed by my presentation. Yet...yet, in each group there were those two or three people whose eyes lit up, whose body language changed, whose hands reached up for the offered fliers I brought. All this makes me eager to see what waits for me in the spring!
And tomorrow, I have a blissfully clear calendar for drafting day! Wahoo!