For the first time, I am teaching an upper-division course in my area of expertise. I am really not happy with it. I let myself let the reading assignments define the pace of the class, and the course is consequently moving too slowly. I’m using Innes’ new book from Routledge, and it has some great qualities, but I am realising it just isn’t balanced enough. It’s a Rome and Barbarians book masquerading as a coherent text.
So I am feeling like I need to add more lectures and pick up the pace. But I don’t want the students to feel too burdened (they aren’t reading what I would call a lot, but it’s not a light load, either.)
So, denizens of the blogosphere — what happens when you realise you need to re-vamp a course that isn’t quite working? Do you just leave it and re-vamp the next time? or do you hope for student patience and rearrange during the semester? How do you do it without looking like an idiot? Give me the benefit of your wisdom, bitte?
Note: the students know this is a new course, and I have already re-structured one thing, having given them input on it. I also do try to do regular checks on what is and isn’t working, and why, because they seem to value having some input.