Day One

images1.jpegToday marks the first day of classes for this new term.  I meet my Monday/Hybrid public speaking class today at 11:10.

I printed out my roster yesterday and, upon close inspection, I see that I have 22 students in the class (it would have been 23, but Megadeth Dave won’t be in attendance) and that I have two familiar names among the list; one is a student who withdrew from my composition class last term and one is a student who spectacularly failed my composition class last term.  I’m not concerned about either of them posing a problem for me here, though; both students and I got along quite well while we were together.  Even though the withdrawal was failing when she left, it wasn’t due to lack of skill.  The gentleman who failed out of the composition class is the type who understands the consequences of his actions but chooses to goof off anyway.  He’s honest and forthright in his pain in the ass-ness, and I can work with his type.  My only concern with him is that he has a particular affinity for being an edgy class clown (his favorite thing to talk about is porn) so I’m instituting an “all speech topics must have prior instructor approval” policy for this class.

I imagine that today’s class is going to be a little hectic.  We’ll do the typical go over the syllabus and talk about class expectations thing that happens in every first class, and I’m going to get them started on conversations about communication and rhetoric.  Given that this is a hybrid, though, and that we’ll only meet face-to-face eleven times (ten after today), I’m going to have to figure out how I’m going to squeeze at least three speeches for 22 kids into ten weeks.

Anyone want to do that math for me?



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4 responses to “Day One

  1. That’s about six speeches per meeting. I hope they are short.

    And I have a question for you, which you may or may not be able to answer:

    My fellow student teacher is trying to figure out how to handle the constant problem children when she’s not really able to hand out office referrals and the like. I know you’re at TCC, and we’re at Anonymous Public School, but maybe you can shed some light on classroom management. Also, these are 6th graders.

  2. I am assuming hybrid means partially online? What about online speeches or something like that. Here is what I am thinking.

    If you could find available resources (either in your school library or some other school facility that is open with some flexible times) that would give the students access to web cam or digital video cameras (for those students who don’t have these things themselves), maybe an early speech or two could be online and require the other students to view them and give feedback (maybe all students don’t review all other students but five each or something)…

    The students would perform their speeches while being videotaped and then post them to the course web site (webCT or vista or something else??). Then the other students have the assignment of feedback.

    I don’t know if this is possible or if it is too late because the syllabus is already done, but maybe even just an idea for a future semester.

    I hope this helps!

  3. We teach “blended” courses as well, and I am coming up on an important class this fall where I need them to do a paper presentation. But there is no way to do them all on-campus. So! Any ideas you get will help me too. I am thinking of trying to find a “free trial” of some live meeting thing or something…

  4. Ugh. WHY are these kids obsessed with PORN?!?!? I mean, I understand the recreational obsession….*ahem*. What they do in their free time is their business.

    But to discuss it in the classroom?!?!? Who do they think they are?!?!? It’s not “shocking”. It doesn’t make them “edgy”. It just proves that they lack the creative ability to actually DO the assignment….aka, THEY’RE IDIOTS!!!

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