The Shadow Syllabus (with thanks to Sonya Huber)

Sonya Huber wrote this brilliant piece this week about the shadow syllabus. It is what is not in the written syllabus, but what she wants you to know, nonetheless. This was the first time I “met” Sonya and I can see she has a generous nature. She has given permission for others to share and/or modify her words. Thank you, Sonya. I wanted anyone who read this to read and appreciate Sonya’s own words while changing a few things to suit my own point of view. Therefore, I have used the strikeout feature when removing her words and italics when I am adding to them. What I changed wasn’t because what Sonya wrote wasn’t wonderful. Instead, the changes were meant to more closely reflect who I am as a teacher. The Shadow Syllabus I’ll tell you exactly how to get an A, but you’ll have a hard time hearing me. I could hardly hear my own professors when I was in college over the din and roar of my own fear. Those who aim for A’s don’t get as many A’s as those who abandon the quest for A’s and seek knowledge or at least curiosity. I had bookmarked a citation for that fact, and now I can’t find it anywhere. The only way to seek knowledge is to open your hands and let your opinions drop, but that requires even more fear. The goals and outcomes I am required to put on my syllabus make me depressed; they are the illusion of controlling what cannot be controlled. I end up changing everything halfway through the semester anyway because...

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Welcome to the Fall 2015 semester! This semester, we will work together to successfully meet the goals of our classes. You will work individually and in groups in a classroom environment designed to best meet the needs of adult learners—an active learning, student-centered classroom where expectations will be clear and we will learn from each other. As an educator, I care about building trust with my students so I can help you develop the academic knowledge and skills essential to your success as a college student. If, at any time, you have any questions or concerns about your learning experiences, please contact...