• Anthropology of an American Girl
  • The Mother Tongue
  • Bloodsucking Friends
  • Wounds of Passion
  • Little House
  • From Margin to Center
  • Sarah's Key
  • Shanghai Girls
  • A Soft Place to Land
  • Click
  • Vampire Academy

Thursday, July 15, 2010

becoming becoming

I've wondered about blogging for a while, but I've never really felt like I had anything worth blogging about. And then I started reading. Blogs aren't about having something profound to say, or at least they don't have to be. They can be about living, about the process of becoming who we are. So that's where I'll start. I'm becoming, always becoming.

Today I'm becoming a blogger and an instructor, among other things. We'll start with blogger. Who knew there were so many options to designing the page. I didn't. So, it'll probably change, as will my approach to what I share, but I'm giving this becoming a blogger thing a shot.

The orange is pretty. That's enough for me, for now.

The other thing I'm becoming today is an instructor. Instructor copy of a textbook, new hire paperwork, preliminary syllabus, yikes! It's nerve wracking to think that in a few weeks I'll have stacks of papers to grade alongside papers to write. That I'll be Ms. Ross.

Or will I be? Many of the professors I'm endeared to stick to a first-name-basis. So, how do I manage respect and some sort of authority in the class on a first-name-basis. No idea. But I do know that I don't want too much authority. A decentered class is a good thing--it provides for space, freedom, exploration, challenge, and learning in ways that a top-down class structure doesn't, so I need to figure out how to become that instructor, the one who manages to run the class efficiently without a heavy hand, without a Ms. before her name.