Sharing Ourselves in the Classroom

As a student, I loved Syllabus Day.

I appreciated the professors who embraced the practice of easing into the semester; dipping a toe rather than plunging into the deep-end. It eased anxiety, reduced stress, and, let’s be honest, ensured that one-fifteenth of the semester would be easy.

Now, as a professor, I find that these benefits still apply to some degree, but I’ve come to enjoy Syllabus Day for another reason. That is, by giving the intense intellectual pursuits time to breathe, I am able to work on building personal connections with my…