Sometimes it feels like my colleagues in other departments and I are playing tug-of-war, and our students are the rope.
I actually finished writing my fall syllabi yesterday. One was for a new course, which was a lot of work but also fun to put together. For the courses I’ve taught before, the frustrating thing is that the semester is never the same length from one year to the next. You’d think that would be standardized–at least within the same institution–but nope. Every semester I’m either picking which books to drop or figuring out what I can add. At a certain point, the asteroid actually does start to sound like a better option!
Actually, my students’ final papers this spring have been pretty great overall. There’s the usual few who try to cite Wikipedia as a source and copy paragraphs out of the textbook, but most of them have done good solid work and some of them have even taught me something new.
The Roman Senate sent an envoy to Carthage to demand the payment of tribute in lieu of sacking and looting the city. This is what is known as a “booty call.”
Short writing assignments are a great way to gauge your students’ understanding of the course topics, provide constructive feedback, and make you wonder why you ever went into a career in teaching, all at the same time!