Hating the TeacherWritten by Catherine Rankovic
When I read or hear annoyed comments or get dark looks from students, any age, who are FED UP, who have worked ALL WEEKEND and, what, they're getting more criticism, and then there's a reading assignment and study questions--I know at least they are having strong feelings related to writing. Without strong feelings they would quit writing. Now is the time students dig in and say, "I'll show HER!" or "Okay, I will strip my writing of all the stuff that makes me look smart, this class can't appreciate it," or "Okay, I WILL just dump it all out on the page; so there!" It is much, much more important that they hate the teacher for a while instead of hating writing. And it won't be long until they get tired of hating, and -- magic -- they are at a new level. Everyone can see that. And I am relieved.
Writer, with 30+ years' writing and publishing experience, 20+ years' teaching experience. Last book read: Mrs. Lincoln by Catherine Clinton.
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Thursday, 15 December 2011 08:59
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 10:19
posted by Elva Maxine Beach
Thanks, Catherine. I love the moment the students switch from hating me (midterm) to appreciating their new skills (end of semester). My love for teaching is given a boost, when at the end of the semester, instead of asking about their grades, students ask for more advice on how to tackle a specific problem with their writing.
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