What it's like teaching a Composition class
The inevitable process of dealing with Composition I students.
- 1.Bring up instructions on e-learning platform. Tell students where it can be found.
- 2.Provide basic overview. End up going over assignment step-by-step.
- 3.State due date clearly.
- 4.Repeat due date two seconds later when student asks when the assignment is due.
- 5.Tell students again where to find the assignment, when asked.
- 6.Repeat assignment directions when students admit they weren't paying attention.
- 7.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.)
- 8.Organize assignments so you know you get a couple of good students' assignments easily spread out throughout the rest to keep your spirits up.
- 9.Start grading.
- 10.Rejoice as it seems they really did pay attention and all will be good.
- 11.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.
- 12.Start banging head against desk when you realize they didn't listen to a thing you said.
- 13.Wonder if there are ways to teach a Composition class without actually having to grade papers.