When I walked into this cafe this morning to get some work done, I was stunned by how empty it was. Then I remembered. It’s READING WEEK! Campus has stilled. The students are frolicking elsewhere. The coffee shops (like this one) are quiet.
Of course, my week will be anything but still and contemplative. In fact, at the rate I’m going, I’ll be lucky if I have time to crack a book. That’s because I have signed on to be an instructor with the Enrichment Services Unit here at Queen’s. Rather than lounging on a beach somewhere, I will be spending the next three days teaching an enrichment program in journalism to a group of grade seven and eight students. They will be hanging out on campus for a few days in order to gather up a few new skills.
I’m looking forward to teaching. It’s a little daunting to be completely responsible for my own course, but it should be fun. I already know that I’m going to have 13 students in my class. Hopefully we’ll have lots of time to work on things like figuring out what makes a good news story, how to conduct a thorough interview, and how to write it all up in a lively, informative article. I wish we had the time and technology to really cover radio and video, but we’re limited in both… so we’ll see how much we can do. On Thursday, I’ll be taking the students on a tour of CKWS, the local TV and radio station, where they’re going to be able to see story meetings in action and maybe even do a spot on television.
I think this experience is going to be as fun and challenging for me as it will be for the students! The problem, of course, is that I’m probably not going to be getting as much school work done this week as I would have liked. And I’m meeting my supervisor later today so we can lay out some kind of game-plan (I really need a game plan!) for my thesis project. Telling her that I’m taking the week off so I can teach journalism to gifted middle-schoolers may not go over terrifically well! gah.
Ok, well I guess I should get on with it. I’ve got a lesson plan to map out, among other things…
Happy Reading (week)!