I taught my first writing class yesterday. I've taught first-year students before, but I've never had a class of made up of first-years exclusively until now.
Three words: deer in headlights.
Their faces were wide-eyed and bewildered and they registered no feedback whatsoever. So if nothing is coming out, I had to wonder, is anything going in? Is this just what they look like on their second day of college? Is it me? Am I freaking them out? Can they hear me?
Is this thing on?
Instead of having them keep "writing journals", as most first-semester-first-year college students are required to do, I made them start blogs.
I think they think I'm crazy.
It will be interesting to see how many of them show up tomorrow with drop slips in hand.