I’ve been thinking a lot about my Monday hybrid class. I’m horribly concerned, and I need some guidance.
I wrote here about what I assigned for them. While my “full compliance” average is going up – THREE students did everything I asked this week – the number of students who completed only part of the work went down.
My problem is this: I do not feel as though I’m being an effective teacher in this situation. I have a group of kids who are (obviously) less than motivated to do the work that I ask of them. The issue with that – well, beyond the obvious – is that, as it is, I’m not giving them nearly ENOUGH work for what I’m teaching, and I’m afraid to give them more becuase, if they can’t keep up with the namby-ass amount of writing I’m giving them now, they’re going to positively evaporate if I were to start giving them more.
I’ve spoken to my boss about the problem, and he’s spoken to the department head for the culinary school about it. When I passed Joe in the hallway last week, he mentioned that he and the head chef would be dropping into ALL the Gen-Ed. classes, either this coming week or next, to talk to the students about getting their collective acts together. As it turns out, mine is not the only Gen-Ed. class that’s experiencing these compliance problems.
I’m wondering, though, if it wouldn’t be a good idea for me to seek out the head chef ahead of time to express my concerns about the amount of work I feel I can reasonably give my students. I am invested in seeing them succeed, certainly, but not if “success” means giving them only what work they’ll deign to do. I’m not comfortable sending them out at the end of my class not knowing what I’ve been asked to teach them, but I’m not at all confident that they’ll be able to keep up with what I would have them do to satisfy MY standards.
I may just go in early tomorrow to see if I can hunt down Joe and the culinary department head. Now, if I could only remember where I left the damned peace pipe…..