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The Hero's Journey

My freshmen started reading The Hobbit on Monday. We got into the "hero's journey" today and for the first time I think the short lecture went well. At least they copied the notes down from the overhead and asked questions that were related to the topic while I was talking. (of course, I had one student ask rather rudely why I hadn't just copied the notes for them - so he could read another book while I was talking. I wonder why I hadn't thought of that?!?! Possibly because the point was to listen?)

Afterwards, they all made a "travel journal" to summarize as they read. I made the mistake of saying they could "teabag" the books to make them look more authentic - who can remember all the vulgar slang language? After the laughing subsided and one student told me what it meant, I changed to "antique." Of course, that meant a full explanation... not "antique" with flour, "antique" with a teabag. Damn slang!

The Sophomores are reading Fahrenheit 451. I think I'm moving a bit too fast for them. I told them to finish the first chapter by tomorrow - giving them two days (although several idiots didn't even bother to start). I may have to backtrack tomorrow and give them till friday to finish. The question is what to do in the meantime?

Timing is so hard to figure out - how fast can they read?, how many times to go over the same concept?, etc.


Dan said…
I always try to keep moving at a pace that keeps me from getting bored but allows most students who are trying to keep up. The ones who aren't trying are not going to get too much of my concern. Of course if this is most of the class, then I always reconsider :-(
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