1st Day

August 31, 2004

Today was the first day of classes at Urban Research University.
Tomorrow is first day at Suburban State.

I am teaching US 1 at both locations, one section each, and finishing my writing. It is not the best combination - not enough money and not enough writing - but it will have to do.

Of the 40-odd people in the room, almost all were there to fulfill a distribution requirement. I wonder how many I will still have in a week.

It was strange to wear long pants after 3 months of shorts.

And so to take off the monkey suit.

Posted by Red Ted at August 31, 2004 03:08 PM | TrackBack

This post is a sure sign of Autumn. It seems to have come much too quickly this year.


Posted by: KJ. at September 2, 2004 05:30 PM

What is your dropout rate? It is always dishearting to see people go. And I never get over it, I have learned not to ask, people lie! Students don't seem to be as open minded, the curse of youth.

Posted by: larkinsjapn at September 5, 2004 02:23 AM

I have to check, but I think I have been starting classes at URU with 45 and giving out about 35 to 40 grades, starting at SSU with 35 and giving out about 30 grades. I am not sure what normal attrition is at these schools, so I don't know if I am high or low. I keep getting better at teaching and at making the stuff compelling - with any luck I will have more finals to grade this year.

My community college classes usually ran at about 50% attrition, normal but also far far too high.

Posted by: Ted K at September 7, 2004 08:57 AM

Sorry I've been busy. I teach at the state university, and a technical college. The state university I keep about 90% which my fellow Lecturers say is marvelous. The tech. college sucks big time this year I stated with 42, at the end of first term 17 show up for the test. What really bites is the good ones are leaving this year. I have a pretty good relationship with them, motivation and distractions seem to be the root cause. It seems they don't believe that education will really assist them in finding and keeping a job. Good blog enjoy your baby, it will grow so fast.

Posted by: larkinsjapn at September 11, 2004 08:20 AM
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