||[Jul. 24th, 2008|10:40 pm]
I'm teaching a summer class, and even though it means being out & about in the afternoon heat every day, I'm having a wonderful time. First off, since it's summer school, I'm getting paid really well for what I'm doing, which is rather a new experience for me. Second, since it's a remedial course and UNLV no longer officially offers remedial courses, this one is only offered through the community college during the school year. Therefore, there is no university assessment to contend with, no departmental syllabus, and no oversight. Which means I can approach the class from and with my own style and strengths, and teach the way I know best. I can be spontaneous and flexible, and tailor all assignments to the students' abilities.|
Of course, some of the students are rather indolent. Most adolescents are not exactly chomping at the bit to spend the summer taking remedial composition. But some of them are genuinely excited. Every subject I bring up is met with enthusiasm. Today I asked whether they wanted me to give them next week's assignments ahead of time, and the answer was yes! Not only have I heard no complaints about giving homework every day, but a few students said they're enjoying writing so much that they've been getting their assignments done faster than they're due. Two new subjects for assignments that I mentioned today elicited cheers.
When you do what I do -- teach courses that students have to take whether they want to or not, and have to pay for (not cheap), and in this case don't get a grade for so can't use it to boost that gpa (it's pass/fail) -- it doesn't get better than that.