Just Read the Eudora Welty Story Already

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  1. yogurt says:

    So Madge uses no periods, only exclamation points. Bet you can't wait to read her papers!!!

  2. secret agent woman says:

    Should be another interesting semester. Kind of similar to the incredibly wide range of patients I get in my small town. Ain't no specializing here!

    Do all you students call you by your first name? That's not done at the college where I've done adjunct teaching – everyone goes by Dr. or Mr//Ms.

  3. unmitigated me says:

    Madge wouldn't try to page Tolstoy, silly! She'll text him with her iPhone…duh!!!

  4. alwaysinthebackrow says:

    What an amazing collection of people you must have as students. I love the picture you have painted of all of these people from so many walks of life discussing their thoughts about Tolstoy. Holy crap! (in honor of your nun) There can't be any better advertisement for the universality of the human experience.

  5. Midlife Jobhunter says:

    Hahahahaha. The trials of a teacher. Once might think a college teacher wouldn't have such diversity. I know better.

    How I wish I could sit in your class this summer. I can picture your face as your students speak. I'll try to keep mixing my own metaphors to keep you on your toes.

  6. Jocelyn says:

    Citizen: They struggle enough with "Jocelyn"; my last name is ten times harder. Plus, I'm pretty informal, so I've made the choice to be fine with Jocelyn.

    Midlife: The class is all online, so only my husband gets to see the reactions on my face…

  7. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    I really love this analogy. And, as always, you really make me laugh!

  8. Becky Cazares says:

    Yay for the 88 year old minister! I somehow feel an affinity. You gave me a new perspective on why all college syllabi have deep and extended explanations on how many points you must earn to achieve your desired score. I truly didn't know some students couldn't do percentages. Yikes! I expect that's less likely with my upper division accounting peers though… I hope.

    I always hated "peer review" time in English 101 because, at age 50, I felt completely at a loss as to what I was supposed to do. I figured that everyone had their own style of writing and it would be an imposition for me to mess that up. Darned if those kids didn't come up with some pretty good suggestions for my work, though.

    As an older student, I find myself imagining the kinds of emails professors must get from these kiddos and you've just painted a wonderful portrait of them. I both envy and pity you, and all my college profs. I always make sure I'm brief and to the point whenever I have to email them because I know they are dealing with so much whine and fluff. Can't be easy! Wish I needed a few extra credits, cuz I'd definitely sign up for your online course!

  9. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    Please submit this to the English Journal. And threaten them with bodily harm if they refuse to publish it. THIS is the truth of college that the Ivory Tower cannot see with their blinders of prestige and privilege. Plus, this is hysterical.

  10. Jeni says:

    When I started my college classes -at age 46 -I thought everyone else there had at least had the basics of math and grammar instruction. Like maybe in 4th or 5th grade or so. Boy, was I wrong!
    Capitalization seemed an unheard of entity -for openers -and whoever would think to need a comma to kind of well, break things up a tad or a period to end a sentence and before starting something new. Spelling was another item that must have become a lost art or subject of learning from my days in elementary school to the 90s (when I began college) but what really amazes me to this day of such heavy computer usage and supposed knowledge, that so many people have never heard of or don't know how to use good old spell-checker. Works wonders, it does.

    And the excuses these kids could come up with for why they hadn't finished an assignment or the arguments they would have with the professors over exam questions and answers to try to scrounge around a get a half-point better grade totally amazed me. But then too, my previous experience in a learning setting had been one in which you NEVER questioned the instructor about test answers which were graded, handed back to you and that grade wasn't quite what had been expected, ya know!
    Just trying, at various intervals, with the stepgranddaughter here to help her review a little for a test or some such, was often a totally mind-boggling experience to see how little she had absorbed of what I felt was or should have been, a part of the extreme basics of education. And now, she's been accepted to attend college, majoring in Ornamental Horticultural Design, and why or where she came up with the idea to study this is also beyond me!

  11. Jazz says:

    Another interesting class no doubt.

    As a Quebecer, I can't help but wonder what you're going to read by Roch Carrier. Who knew he had made it to Minnesota.

  12. Jocelyn says:

    Jazz: We read "The Hockey Sweater"–it's a favorite of the sports fans in the class, those who wear their Minnesota Vikings jerseys on game days. Personally, I don't get it.

  13. Meg says:

    What great fodder for your next novel! I would think that the mix of students at a community college would keep you more sane than an entire class full of smug, over-privileged brown-nosers like some of yoru ivory tower colleagues might encounter, no?

  14. lime says:

    it's an interesting soup you get to stir, isn't it?

  15. Someone's Mom says:

    FYI That "Jocelyn" opera was composed by Benjamin Goddard, French, in 1898. – And doesn't that namesake just WRITE!!!?!!!

  16. Michelle Wells Grant says:

    You've got the hardest job, requiring oceans of patience, tolerance and flexibility! God bless ya!
    I've been away so long that I'm way behind on your antics! I've missed your humor and insights!

  17. Patois says:

    I'd worry more if she says Tolstoy received her page.

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