Katherine Sharpe

Archive for September 2008

Monday Confession

I confess: Sometimes, when I am pressed for time, I assign the students a reading without reading it myself first. I just choose something that seems like it would be good to discuss. It’s like throwing spaghetti at the wall. It gives me 15% naughty thrill, 85% guilty anxiety. Next semester, next year, after the […]

I’ve Been Reviewed!

Are these stares of attention, affection, or pure hate? Sometimes from the teacher’s desk, it’s hard to tell. (Image: Foxtongue) It’s the middle of our term already. (We have a crazy, sped-up, eleven-week semester. Not that I’m complaining.) And with the middle of the term come mid-term evaluations. The college sent us a form to […]


My sister walks into the room where I’ve been prepping class for hours. The sheer amount of paper involved in this teaching business is incredible: I sit amid handouts, student papers to be graded, papers graded already, printouts from the internet, ideas for exercises, our textbook, my own notes. A one-and-a-half-hour-long class requires three or […]