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Another Quarter Done

I taught my last class yesterday! Wheee! I have to meet with a student sometime soon, and of course there are final papers to grade, but I'm done teaching. I made it through my very first independent class! Now that it's done, let me just say that I absolutely adored my students. They're very smart, and even in a 9:00 A.M. class, they were engaged and willing to learn and participate. (Of course, knowing that participation was 20% of their grade probably helped with that.)

They were all over the material from Day One, and towards the end of the quarter, they'd gotten to the point where they'd discuss concepts with each other without needing to be prompted by me saying, "That's an interesting point, Marco; does anyone have anything to add to this?" I was especially pleased that they did this on the day when I had my second faculty evaluation. The professor who did the evaluation was impressed with them. Also, the class average on the second quiz was nine points higher than the average on the first quiz.

They've done ethnographic fieldwork. They've learned to discuss concepts of subculture, globalization, authenticity, and representation in a far more sophisticated way than their textbook does. They've sung at least three different styles of music, noodled on small instruments, played the gamelan, and danced a Scottish country dance. Our last class was a folklore class rather than an ethnomusicology class, because they've gotten to the point where they can see how music fits into the larger picture that we discussed (holiday traditions).

And I've had a great time teaching them. Yay Teacher Pony!


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Dec. 1st, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
That all sounds wonderful! I'm so glad you (and they) enjoyed the experience.

What's next?
Dec. 1st, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
What's next is chilling out for a bit, and doing some more reading into the history of professionalization and also some Israeli feminism before regrouping and planning Phase II of La Dissertation in January.

I had a great time teaching. I hope my students enjoyed it as much as I did.
Dec. 1st, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
You rock!
Dec. 1st, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Who knows, I could be a tenured faculty member by the time the DDs head off to college. Maybe I'll teach them world music or something.
Dec. 1st, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oooh, how cool would that be? Maybe you could give them some appreciation for Sacred Harp music:)
Dec. 1st, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
Either that, or participating in my Sacred Harp workshop might put them off the stuff for life. You never know. . .

But, yeah, it would be pretty cool. We'd have to keep the truth from them, of course. They'd have to think that Professor Pony was just a civilian.
Dec. 2nd, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Well, given that they've been going to singings their entire lives, I think the deed will be done by that point. We're still hoping to convert them:D
Dec. 2nd, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, it just takes a while for Sacred Harp to click, I guess. As long as they can go to a singing and run around and join in when they feel like it, that'll probably prime them for when they're really old enough to do it. Happened with the Bayer kids.
Dec. 2nd, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
Congratulations FP! It sounds like you done good. And it is always wonderful when you're evaluated when your students are behaving at their best.
Dec. 2nd, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
I hope I done good. We'll see when their final papers and course evaluations come in. (I hope a few of them have nice things to say about me . . . )
Dec. 2nd, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Job well done, Pony! Enjoy your holiday. (And Happy Hannukah!)
Dec. 3rd, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you!

My menorah is lit, and I am the happy camper now. (Albeit a tired happy camper.)
Dec. 3rd, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Yays! Happy teaching dance - and congrats on being done.
Dec. 3rd, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
I'm very glad that one of the things I've learned this quarter is that I enjoy teaching!
Dec. 3rd, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Do you get to teach another class next semester? How is Le Dissertation coming?
Dec. 3rd, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
I'm done with teaching for the school year. Music 102 is only a one-quarter course, and they spread out the iterations and sections among as many students as possible, because a lot of students have funding packages that require them to teach. In fact, I only got this section as a leftover, since I don't have one of those funding packages (they were phased in the year after I arrived). They gave out sections to all the eligible students below me, and then realized that they needed another section in the fall quarter, so that one went to me.

La Dissertation is coming along very well. My advisor thinks I'm right where I should be, and the second chair on my committee thinks I might even be a bit ahead of my game. Both of them agree that I can spend this month chilling out and doing some more reading -- opinions differ as to whether or not these are two separate activities! The goal is to have a chapter written by spring, probably about the professionalization of the cantorate and what that means for women.
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