For class today, I explained our final assignment of the semester, which is sort of uninteresting unless students write new papers. So that's what many of them choose to do, instead of revising an older paper. Then I asked them to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses as writers, and then we (or those seeking a bit of extra credit) took a look at the MFA art exhibits in the UofA Modern Art Museum. The students weren't really inclined to talk about the stuff to me, but they were talking, and there was good energy in the room. I like to be loud in museums. It's supposed to be an interactive place.
The semester is winding down. The students that turn in the final assignment don't have to attend the rest of our scheduled classes.
I like teaching when class gets to go outside and look at stuff. Simple formula; it usually works. --a