I've been preparing this autumn's teaching since I (again) began working at Karlstad University on July, 1st. Two weeks ago I attended a department kick-off and had so much fun meeting both old and new colleagues, and being a part of the Karlstad University staff again feels extremely good. Working here between 2003 and 2006 and being a student before that certainly helps.
One week ago, I travelled to Karlstad again, this time to meet the new participants on the Lärarlyftet courses I will be teaching this term. The idea behind them is to offer further education for people who already work as teachers. The two groups starting now seem really good, and I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun discussing literature and didactics in the next few months. In early November there will be yet two more groups, with similar themes.
One of the courses starting now is a literary history course with literature spanning the time period between William Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf geared towards teachers of older children, and the second one explores children's literature for teachers for younger children. Both of them has a very tangible didactic component and we will be discussing both the literature in itself and how one might teach it. William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is on the literature list for next time on the former and Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time and Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat can be found on the latter.