December 3, 2022
To my 1101 Students
What a semester. My congratulations to those of you who stuck it out. It's been a few years since I taught this course, and in traditional fashion for me, I think I overworked you. My apologies on that. Like a bad manager at Hardee’s, I feel like you should be working all the time, and I think I just put too much on you.
The purpose of ENGL 1101 is to teach you to be college writers. That is: to write competent essays for the college classroom. I think that if I just keep this in mind when designing future sections of 1101, we all would be much better off. While I still think the LitWiki assignment has particular merit in these times, it might have been too much. Here’s my feedback for the overall project:
|Folks, first off, I want to congratulate you on what you managed to achieve for the wiki assignment. By mostly just in-class writing, you created a firm foundation for later editors to build on. The article remains unfinished, nor has it been touched for a month, so I take that as an indication that this assignment might have been too much. Part of my justification for assigning it was to bring more practical, online writing into a class that is pretty traditional. I truly didn't know what to expect out of this assignment, and I think just looking what you were able to accomplish, I think you did a pretty good job.
Your grade below considers the project as a whole and your contributions to the project. In general, if you participated regularly and consistently, you passed.
Likewise, perhaps the journal was too much? The idea was to have you practice writing about texts each week. Perhaps this could be done in-class in the future, with more targeted prompts that emphasized critical analyses of the assigned readings and led more directly to formal essays. I think many of you weren’t sure what to write, even after our classroom discussions about the material.
Fear not: if you made a concerted effort on all the assignments, you should pass the course. I believe this is most of you who stuck it out. Please enjoy your long holiday. Perhaps I’ll see some of you next semester in 1102.