Whew! Yesterday was a whirlwind! A month’s work of planning, prepping and building a primary source lesson for an undergraduate class is over! I must say it felt great to get back in the classroom again. The work I did is what I hope to do more often in my future library career, and to see it all come together smoothly was a true thrill!
As I may have mentioned previously, I left a career in teaching to come back to school full time to transition into libraries. I hope to get a job in library education and instruction, which would allow me to build on my previous career within a library setting, and this internship has allowed me to do that in a few ways. The goal of my internship is to let me build lessons for some of the many classes that my boss, Archivist Carrie Schwier teaches every year.
This course was the first that I took the reins on, getting input and advice from my boss along the way. I consulted with her and the professor several times to make sure we were all on the same page on the activities, the goals of the lesson, and the materials we would use. Because this was one step for the students in a multi-step project that involved the IU Archives, I wanted to make sure it was right.
And it went so well! The students were engaged, the activity made sense to them, my timing and pacing of the lesson went perfectly, and it seemed overall that everyone involved felt they had benefitted from spending the time working with sources from the archives. The only thing I regret is I didn’t get a picture of the lesson in action!
I can’t wait to do more of these!
Also, here is my powerpoint I used in case it’s of any interest! IU Archives Teaching Sessions slides.pptx