Those Teaching Feelings, Part 2

I posted earlier this semester about teaching feelings. This is a related post (I must just be having a lot of, like, feelings lately, okay?)  that addresses the challenges of doing what I feel is right—follow my conscience and my commitment to social justice—while also doing what I have to do: evaluate student performance. I serve…

Those Teaching Feelings

In previous posts, I’ve discussed “doom.” It’s that impenetrable, overwhelming sense that the class that I’m about to teach will be a disaster that reveals my phoniness, that makes my students dumber, and that makes the world a little bit worse of a place. I have good and bad news: “doom” is still here, but so…

Grading is to Fair as Sex is to Safe

Dear reader, I’ve been grading papers for a few years now and I think I’ve collected enough data at this point to take a really critical look at my method. This idea is intimidating for two reasons. First, I’m pretty sure I’m doing it all wrong, so it’s embarrassing to make my flaws transparent. Second, I…

Wait…I’m the teacher here, right?

It’s really important to me that my students feel comfortable speaking in class. That being said, I need them to be quiet so I can talk sometimes. My voice matters…right? Sometimes this seems like an impossible balance to manage. Students seem to have a strange perspective on what makes a meaningful contribution to class discussion….

For Every Ending a New Beginning

It’s difficult to write of the ending, particularly here and now at the beginning of something new. Particularly because I want to be a different teacher this time around. The course has ended, the evaluations have been tallied, the courses’ work has been reflected on, and if those were the only measures this class would…

How Teaching Theory is Like Being a Lesbian

Hello Reader, I’m in the midst of teaching my first difficult critical text: “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence,” by Adrienne Rich. I discovered, in the process of preparation, that I’ve fallen prey to an unproductive way of conceiving the project of teaching theory. Theory is part of the reason I’m in grad school. I love it. I…

Guilty Grading

I have been procrastinating on grading my students’ papers. And it is not because I’m incredibly busy ( though I am), nor is it because grading is difficult (though it is), nor is it because the latest season of Supernatural was released on netflix ( though it was). I procrastinated because I hate grading. I…

Frankenplans

Hello reader, My approach to lesson planning has been to take my ideas to a blank sheet of printer paper. You can read more about that here. This post is an update on that strategy. It’s been working well, for the most part. The problem seems to be that, since it’s a full, blank sheet, I’m…

On feelings of satisfaction…and forgetting what caused them.

Sept 15 (T) – NO CLASS– Pre-Draft 1.1 Paper Outline to LATTE—NO CLASS —   Sept 17 (R)—           Watch:  The Divergent (L) Read: “Noble Controversy” in Write Now! Write Now Chapter 5 Write: Pre-Draft 1.2 Pre-Draft Introductory Paragraph w/ Thesis to LATTE Bring 3 copies to class   & Post to LATTE In-Class: ·      Peer workshop of Outline and…

How not to appear desperate: Thursday 9/3 pt 3

Perhaps, upon reading the title of this post, you thought I might have some advice on the subject of not appearing desperate…I do not. Perhaps you thought to yourself, is the author or this post so myopically specialized in the study of literature that she has forgotten that 2 comes after 1 and before 3…I am not (yet)….