Captain's Log: November 30, 2015
Weeks 11 and 12
Weeks 11 and 12
I am combining these two weeks because I met with this crew only one day for the two weeks. Why? I met on Tuesday of Week Eleven; then, on Thursday I had some personal business that I needed to address. Thus, I made arrangements for a substitute captain to be in place of me; I requested that she would continue to work on the crewmembers’ grammar/mechanics.
For Week Twelve, I had already arranged that this crew not have a formal session. I wanted them to use this time to work on doing research for their upcoming final exam paper. So, on that Tuesday I was in my office available for “walk ins” for those who wanted to discuss any work assigned. There were a few who took advantage of this opportunity to come and talk with me. Nice! And that Thursday was an American holiday, Thanksgiving Day, in which most crews on the various academic cruise ships are relieved of duty and not expected to attend any sessions.
As for the Tuesday session of Week Eleven, I continued my discussion regarding research techniques and the various reasons for the importance they be learned. And in my effort to prepare them for all kinds of writing experiences, about seventeen minutes (17) before the end of the session, I assigned an in-class paragraph. The topic? Why was what I was discussing relevant to their lives? Next week, Week Thirteen, I shall return their graded paragraphs.
Besides such an exercise being good for them, it was good for me. I was able to assess how well they were learning the techniques of good paragraph development, including topic sentences and concluding sentences. Also, I could see what grammatical aspects I would still need to emphasize as the time on this academic cruise is coming to an end.
And in 1971…
Dear Diary, March 16, 1971
Things went on ok with the 2/1 class. They viewed that (some mind you) that I gave too much homework. Some quibbled about my qualifications as a teacher. They feel that I get upset too quickly. The regular stuff.
I took their criticism with little back talk.
The Romeo and Juliet lesson went on nicely.
Today has been a pretty good day all round.
Dear Diary, March 17, 1971
It was interesting to watch the 2/1 class quibble over each other’s proposed lesson. [I gave them the task of getting in groups and determining some things they would like for me to teach and some items they would like to cover/teach in the next two class sessions.] I think it did them good.
I was really busy tonight checking my 4/5s exams.
The one thing that never changes is the exams and papers to check!
See you next week!