I’ve started school again, and had my first classes for every course, and I’m already in the midst of a stress break-out. School! I love to learn. I hate being graded. I recently learned that med school at the U of A is pass-fail and you know what? Everything should be pass-fail (Obviously the standard for med school students is still VERY HIGH don’t worry). My life would be vastly improved if I didn’t know if I got an 80 or a 90 and only knew I passed. I am an anxious person and good gracious, the difference of effect between an A and a B on my psyche is extreme.

BUT I thought I’d tell you about the classes I’m taking.

Instructional Practices

The main assignment in this class is a 30-35 minute long instructional session where I teach my classmates how to do something. My ideas so far are: how to coptic bind a book, how to go into the woods without dying, how to tell how old a house is (extreme basics of architecture), or how to make sure your friendships last (e.g. making friendship bracelets).

Advanced Scholarship & Research

This is my most intense class this semester; it’ll probably involve me trying to use and understand data-scraping software and might include me presenting at a conference and will for sure involve a lot of original research, which I haven’t done before. I’m feeling daunted.

Canadian Children’s Literature

For this class I am reading so many picture books and middle-grade literature. I think it’s going to be great. I’m going to do a presentation on Ryan North, Canadian Author, which means I get to talk about choose-your-own-adventure versions of Shakespeare.

History of the Book

I switched out of a Wednesday night class into this Friday morning class and I am so glad I did. We are going on a field trip to a book binder and to a paper maker. During our first class I got to hold and flip the pages of a book of hours from the 1400s. The special collections at the UofA has an original manuscript of a treatise on witchcraft that predates the Malleus Maleficarum (written in 1486).

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