New Year's Resolutions - School Edition

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I really like the idea of new year's resolutions, though like most people I rarely follow through for any length of time. But this means I'll take any opportunity to make them, not just new calendar years. My birthday (in April) is the start of a new year of life, and now that I'm married I can use my anniversary (November) as the start of a new year of marriage. But I also teach, so I've decided that I'll use the start of a new school year in the same fashion.

Classes at Harvard start on Wednesday, and I'm teaching 3 of them. One is a class on Virology at the extension school (if you want to take it, you can still sign up!), and the other two are the same Masters classes I taught last year. The virology course should be interesting, as there's a distance option where students can watch the course live-streamed and take part in a chat room, or take the course asynchronously by watching the recorded lecture after the fact. It will be an experiment for me, but I'm looking forward to the challenge. 

I'm trying something new in my Masters courses too - I'm going to use Microsoft OneNote course notebooks for student assignments. These notebooks allow me to share assignments and other course material, as well as see all student work in one place. I'm not sure how well it will work, but I thought I should give it a go - having students turn things in via google drive last year did not work as well as I had hoped. 

So what are the resolutions? Same as always really - be more organized, get more stuff done ahead of time (don't procrastinate). I've already started going to the gym again, but that's not teaching related anyway (it helps that the Y is across the street from my apartment). Maybe this year I'll actually stick to it... better get back to preparing for my first class on Thursday!