Friday, September 30, 2005

Teaching Post

I'm about one-third into my first semester of teaching at Lewis University, a Catholic college in Romeoville, not far from home, not very far from work. I'm adjunct, which means two classes this semester, three days a week, mornings. I teach writing. Things are going well. My students seem to like the class. I teach in a classroom with a computer on each desk. This is good, except that the computers are attached to the Internet. So I'm walking around the class more and more, as I discover that when working on a paper, the pupils require the kind of muse procured through Internet or solitaire. (I’m so proud of them!) The students call me names, but sometimes it's "Professor." There are five major papers to write, with drafts. That’s a lot of grading. It’s typical: a few good papers, many average, some that make no sense. The second paper is due in a couple of weeks. I handed back the first paper yesterday graded. I told them that I was very lenient, which apparently shocked one student, who looked at her paper and her grade and then exclaimed, “Lenient?!” Yep, her paper belonged to the last category. Interesting. I’m making a pitch to teach a creative non-fiction class. The chairperson seemed to like the idea, but it has to pass the test: student registration. The faculty and chairperson are just plain good folk here.


Blogger Abuljude said...


It must be in the beard.

9/30/2005 11:59 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

At least it's a writing class, so no students will follow up your lengthy, impeccably-prepared, flawlessly-delivered lecture by saying "Will this be on the exam?"

10/03/2005 10:09 AM  
Blogger fromclay said...

That's true, Pete. But what they ask in writing classes, or at least mine, is the profound: "How long does this got to be?" Followed by, "Really? I don't have that much to say." And, "When is this thing due again?" followed by, "What!?"

10/03/2005 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we use 14 pitch, and can we use any font we want? Can we center justify?

10/07/2005 4:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish there were more like you!

11/30/2005 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish there were more like you!

11/30/2005 9:20 AM  

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