Right now I am in class with my dutiful composition students typing away on their post-assessment of the semester. They all NEED the 25 points that this task is worth, that is, if they answer all the questions correctly. In the meantime, I am about to leave them to themselves so they can finish this assignment on their own while I go off with two of the students to the Carnegie building. This is for my other comp lab class that actually thought of this assignment to do as a kind of “field trip.” Anything to get out of class, right? I didn’t tell them that they will have to look at the traveling exhibit that is there at the Carnegie and answer the 14 questions that I composed so that I KNOW that they read the material.
I have had a pretty good semester with very compliant students but this 1:00 p.m. class has been a challenge. They are very diverse and needy in some respects. The mature ones I tried to get out of this challenging class to an earlier class I taught. The ones who are not prepared for college are still in this class with the exception of a few. The antsy ones play off of the others but after enough disciplining, they are by now ready for the rest of their college career. I have had them write papers on human trafficking and that was after they downloaded the FREE e-book version of Two Kyrgyz Women. I have harped on them about APA formatting style and researching with good keywords. They know about that now but many of them had learned MLA formatting in high school, if they learned that at all. Some came with grammar errors and others came with persistent punctuation or spelling problems. They are all good kids at heart.
Anyway, in about two minutes I will leave this group of 16 students to their own devices. I must trust them but I will get a report from the student who gathers up the 700 word self assessment. I will have a GREAT time with my other composition class who are ready, I hope, to put up the Christmas decorations in the Carnegie. We will have three Christmas trees to put up. Lots of icicle lights and also more ornaments and about ten wreathes. We will have the local newspaper over to take photos of this event.
Back from the “field trip” and all 16 students showed up and two others from the historical society were on hand. We had a photo of the 19 of us for the paper and then some of them had to get back to campus for their other classes of the day. We stayed on until 5:30 p.m. after being there since 1:30 p.m. It went very well with the kids all pitching in and stringing the lights around the pillars and others putting the 3M plastic up to keep the cold air out. It should be looking nice for Friday night after people read about it in the newspaper tomorrow.
The kids were READY to help because they didn’t want to work on the 14 question worksheet that I had given them. They got half done with that. I found out that the 15 kids I left behind were very diligent and wrote and wrote so that they can have extra points. I will have all these papers slipped under my door for me to find tomorrow morning. Tomorrow I will have the students do their powerpoint presentations on their final research paper. I am in the home stretch and feeling good!