What it's like teaching a Composition class
The inevitable process of dealing with Composition I students.
- •Bring up instructions on e-learning platform. Tell students where it can be found.
- •Provide basic overview. End up going over assignment step-by-step.
- •State due date clearly.
- •Repeat due date two seconds later when student asks when the assignment is due.
- •Tell students again where to find the assignment, when asked.
- •Repeat assignment directions when students admit they weren't paying attention.
- •Wait for assignments to be turned in.(During this time, provide outline templates, checklists, and even review a few papers if asked. Anything to ensure student learning and success ... and make grading easier for yourself.)
- •Organize assignments so you know you get a couple of good students' assignments easily spread out throughout the rest to keep your spirits up.
- •Start grading.
- •Rejoice as it seems they really did pay attention and all will be good.
- •Accept a few late assignments because students took the time to think of creative excuses as to why they couldn't turn in the work on time.
- •Start banging head against desk when you realize they didn't listen to a thing you said.
- •Wonder if there are ways to teach a Composition class without actually having to grade papers.