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my students, fall '08

TeacherMoi I've been talking about them for a while now, so I thought I'd give you a little glimpse of my fabulous students from our last class last night, where they turned in their papers, wrote up evaluations (which I don't see until after grading), and made a list for me of books I should read and movies I should see. They also said some of the nicest things to me, and not just brown-nosing. I had some of the best discussion about literature I've ever had in a class I was teaching with these people. It was so much fun showing them how to unfold a story and then watch them do it for themselves in ways I hadn't thought of. It's an old cliche, but I think I learned as much from them as they learned from me. It's one of the best classes I've ever taught. Here they are (or some of them, anyway):

Modes2008 (L-R rear)Shani, Karen, Tyrell, April (in stripes, Berecia, William, (L-R front)
Paulette (peeking out), Maria, Spechell, Sheryl, and Mary (in pink hat). A couple more were off in the computer lab finishing up their papers while the rest of us ate pizza and fried chicken and salad and had a party. There was the usual number of last-minute catastrophes (dead computers, files that wouldn't open, lack of printers, stuck in traffic or at work), but pretty much everyone got their stuff in and most of the ones who didn't, I was happy to give incompletes to. Why waste all that effort? I'm also proud to say that all but four of my class of 27 passed their crucial essay test. They all worked really hard, and they were challenging, too, which I love. Hope my next class lives up to this one. It's a hard act to follow.


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