- I hate teaching a Monday night class. There. I said it. No, my Mondays are not my Motherfucking Tuesdays of last spring. But Monday night is garbage. I won’t see them again for two weeks because of MLK day. Did they learn anything today? Who the fuck knows. But even if they did, with two weeks before I see them again? What will they retain between now and then? And the turn-around from Monday to Tuesday totally sucks (9 pm to 9 am is not ideal). Sigh.
- In other news, I’m sort of pleased with the Monday night class, in that I really do think that I can get them on board and that they will do well. I’ve got one former student who is an active participator, and tonight I had them do some group work stuff and there seemed to be buy-in overall. This is a dramatic improvement over what happened with my Monday night class last semester, in which so few of them had any buy-in. So I’m hopeful.
- I had an epiphany today, in thinking about my bullshit evaluations from last semester, that I need to remind my students of how much work they are supposed to be doing and how much time they are supposed to be spending outside of class for a college course. A consistent comment that I get from students is that I expect them to read too much. This is annoying, as I think I’m actually really reasonable about the amount of reading I expect of my students. Let’s say you read 30 pages an hour. If you spend only 6 hours of time in preparing for a class, that means you can read 180 fucking pages a week. That is not a crazy amount to expect in a fucking ENGLISH class. And typically I only assign around 150 pages a week, unless it’s a terribly hard text, in which it’s more like 75 pages, or unless it’s an “easy read” in which case it might be more (250 pgs or so, which let’s note is still less than spending three hours per credit hour of the course).
- As much as the turn-around time between Monday and Tuesday is crap, I really love all of my Tuesday/Thursday classes, and I am excited to teach everything on the syllabus for these courses to my students. I love what I’m teaching, and that makes such a HUGE difference.
- You know what else is exciting? That The Dude digs this band (at my introduction) and that we will be going to see them play live!!!!! I am super stoked!!!!
- Also exciting, really, is that The Dude has not dumped me, and that I have not dumped The Dude. Seriously, I think this is a record for the both of us. We are both filled with love, and we both think that this is disgusting. But WOW does he make me happy
- The writing I’d planned for the break didn’t quite happen, but a lot of thinking did. I have high hopes for this month (and a lot of plans).
- Now it’s time for bed. A long day tomorrow awaits me. A day of Food (as a theme), Love (another theme), and a course that begins with the first tampon in British literature and the most recent tampon in British literature. I can’t wait!
RBOC: First Day of a New Semester Edition
January 14, 2013 by Dr. Crazy