Do you ever consider the students
when you create a course syllabus?
Do you ask yourself …
who the students are?
what experiences they will bring to the course?
how those experiences will affect
their understanding –
Do you consider the course
or will it be their course as well?
In what ways is it up to you to choose “content,”
that there is a vast body of knowledge,
in your course’s subject matter –
too much for one short semester or even several?
What choices will you allow students
their own syllabus,
their own questions,
their own foci,
their own learning
and the means to it?
Do you ask yourself
years from now,
your students will have that is of value
from your course and whether,
at the end of their lives,
they will be
all the richer
for having experienced
Can you be a bow to the arrows that are your students?
Are you a gardener or a warden?
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