teaching with interest

In the unit I am teaching this semester I set a chapter by Lazzarato on Political Entrepreneurs as one of the readings in the week’s class on post-marxist conceptions of consumption. From Capital-Labour to Capital-Life was also set as a secondary reading.

It was a fascinating experiment from the point of view of teaching as it was the first time I had ever set a reading or been involved in a class where I didn’t have a good sense of how the tutorial classes were going to play out. I found it much easier to pay attention to student presentations, where instead of a sense of professional duty, it was a genuine sense of interest that held me captivated. Discussions often went in unpredictable and interesting directions. Is this what is feels like to have a good teaching experience?

I had great fun talking about McDonald’s ‘Happy Meals’!