Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Speaking of Teaching...A Question for Readers

There's a good chance that if I asked to teach it, I could probably get a section of Technical Writing to teach in the spring semester. Should I ask?

On the plus side: the experience. I can say, "Why yes, I'm teaching that next semester, so of course I'm qualified to teach technical writing."

On the down side: it would be a new prep and one that I'm bored just thinking about (if I'm being totally honest).

What say you? Just get it over with?

1 comment:

M said...

I teach Technical Writing, although at CU Land it is called Professional Writing. I also taught it online at our alma mater. Is it boring? It can be, and I'm very upfront with the students about that. I, however, actually like it, and that is something I never thought I'd say. I have a lot of fun bringing in real life examples to illustrate points and using commercials, visuals, film clips, etc. If the technical writing course is anything like the one I teach, you should have a standard syllabus, which minimizes your prep. I also use the powerpoints provided by the text book publisher.

Add to that the number of jobs that want you to be able to teach technical writing and something else, and I think it makes a lot of sense for you to teach it. I also know you well enough to know that you're very pragmatic and honest, as am I, and I find the students in these sorts of courses appreciate that a lot.