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I’m teaching my Television as Literature class again this term. One of the problems I encountered the last time I taught it was purely one of time. It had simply never occurred to me that, while I can read pretty quickly, I cannot watch a 43 minute long television episode in less than 43 minutes. And that doesn’t include making clips and taking notes. The result is that this course, which some of my colleagues take as a great affront to the discipline and some of my student treat as a blowoff class, takes about 1.5-2.5 hours to prep for each session—and that’s if I’m only teaching one episode. Some days, I teach two episodes.

Taking a lesson from a friend in Political Science, I took a few hours on Saturday and prepped the entire week of just this class. I can’t believe I never thought to do this before. I’ve had an enormous amount of free time during the week and my level of stress is significantly less than last time.


Written by srogers

September 29, 2010 at 9:45 pm

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  1. It’s a great idea, isn’t it? Unfortunately when you have kids it ruins everything!! Smile. But I used to bring Hobbes with me up to the school, no one is there on the weekends and the dogs can hang out…


    September 30, 2010 at 5:55 am

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