Today, I started my first Summer I session at DCCC. I am teaching two sections of ENG 100. My students present even more diversity than the population I taught in fall and spring. Many of my students are enrolled as full-time students at universities--some are even attending IUP, my Ph.D. alma mater. While these university students are home for the summer, they are taking their English course component at our main campus. My summer students represent multiple backgrounds, including varied countries of birth, first languages, gender identities, ethnicities, ages and so on. I am excited to learn more about them as people and to hear their stories. Some students are eager to engage in new media composition, while others are hesitant or resistant or out-right intimidated. At present, no students have dropped the course, so I am assuming they haven't been too frightened. I also had a few firsts: one student asked where I purchased my shirt and how I managed to construct my pedagogy (why my approach seemed different that other writing teachers) and I had another student explain why he wants to kill a dragon. On Thursday, we will meet in a computer lab so I can walk students through the creation of the websites and blogs. I trust things will go well.
Here I will write, revise, and reflect. Not always in that order.