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The Writing Teacher in Summer II

That picture isn't too accurate. Sunglasses, yes, but mountains, beaches and/or deserts? Nope. Like you, I had hoped this would be a summer with some freedom (art museums? long drives along scenic highways? pizza with friends? time with grandchildren at big city festivals?). Instead, we got quarantine. And instead, I needed some eye surgery. (It went very well, but it means that I couldn't really see much of anything for a week, and we're planning on another week of the same in a little while. Couldn't do much in the way of exercise either.) 

Last fall I really liked the way my 100 class went, so obviously the plan was to do much the same thing this fall. Nope. Covid-19. So now I have to figure out how to set up a class so it works well for you but with a lot less physical closeness (and a lot less sneezing and coughing on one another).

So what have I been doing?
  • Setting up English 101 and 102 distance education courses for the CCP (College Credit Plus) program.
  • Lots of local bike riding. (I love the bike trails—a couple hours a day sounds great).
  • When the weather or surgery recovery doesn't permit biking, I try to walk the bike trails instead. I've got a wild flower book, and I'm figuring out what some of those weeds really are. (Turns out that one really common "weed" is wild strawberries.)
  • For a long time, I couldn't just pop out to a restaurant for dinner, so I am relearning how to cook.
  • Reading murder mystery novels.
  • Writing letters to friends and blog items. 😉

For the future

The college is still working on details for re-opening in the Fall, taking all the coronavirus issues into account. (I'm so glad I'm not on that committee!) I don't yet know much, but we are definitely going to be in business—just not quite business as usual. I'm going to start posting specific how-to information at the end of July. In the meanwhile, the blog will be more personal.

By the way

If you are new to the blog, a lot of the early material was about getting ready for the Fall Semester. Doing something that resembles student work will really help your mind stay in gear, so I've recommended some reading and given you some advice about getting your computer ready for the new term. Go to the upper right of this page and click the thing with three little lines ☰ to see the older items.


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